The average number of new daily cases in the UK has fallen substantially in recent weeks, but now appears to be levelling off. A further 4,040 confirmed cases across the UK were announced by the government on Tuesday. This compares with 5,379 new cases reported a week ago. Infection levels in secondary school-age children have risen slightly in England, according to the Office for National Statistics, which tests a random sample of adults and children in the community. But infections have fallen in older teenagers and young people, the ONS estimates. Overall, the percentage of people testing positive has levelled off in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and risen in Scotland. What might a third wave look like? It is thought the infection rate was much higher than was evident from the reported number of cases during the first peak in spring last year. Testing capacity was too limited to detect the true number of daily cases. The orange areas on the map below show the places currently seeing the highest number of cases per 100,000 people.
The nations of the UK are moving to the next stages of easing restrictions on everyday life.
England’s stay-at-home order has ended and two households or groups of up to six people are now allowed to meet outside.
This new rule includes meeting in private gardens.
Scotland’s lockdown will start to be lifted from 2 April, with the “stay at home” rule becoming “stay local”, and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says all children are expected to resume school full time by 19 April.
In Wales, which moved to “stay local” advice from 13 March, four people from two different households can meet up outdoors to socialise and non-essential retail will re-open from 12 April.
A phased return to school is under way in Northern Ireland, with all children expected to return by 12 April. Other measures will be reviewed at the end of March. ReadMore…