July 24, 2020 / 11:29 AM / 12 days ago

Drop in UK COVID infections has levelled off, statisticians say

A woman wearing a protective mask is pictured inside a shop, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people in Britain infected with COVID-19 has stopped falling, and now stands at around one in 2,000 people who are not in hospitals or care homes, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday.

“Despite decreases in the level of COVID-19 infection from mid-May to mid-June this has slowed in recent weeks and has now levelled off. As the Government relaxes lockdown measures, we are closely monitoring these results for any changes,” ONS statistician Heather Bovill said.

The data is primarily based on 114,674 swab tests conducted in the six weeks running up to July 19.

Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Sarah Young

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