New data confirms the R-rate, reproduction rate of the virus, dropped in every age group in the last week, with those aged 10 to 19 still the most likely group to have the virus. This is the first time the test positive result has fallen since August 2. According to official data, the proportion of swabs that come back positive has fallen.
England could now get through this second wave faster than it did the first.
The current lower rate means only a small proportion of the population has contracted the virus.
This week’s Public Health England report discovered 9.7 percent of Pillar 2 tests received on the week leading up to November 8 showed a positive result.
This was lower than the 10.2 percent positive results from the previous seven days.
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Pillar 1 tests have fallen for the first time since the week up to August 23.
Pillar 2 is swab testing for the general population.
These tests are conducted in testing centres, drive-through clinics, and in people’s homes.
Pilar 2 tests account for the vast majority of all tests.
Today, the UK announced another 33,470 positive coronavirus cases.
The recent data confirms the Government’s lockdown measures are working.
However, the fall in the R-rate of the virus may also be due to half term schools closure at the end of last month and the colder, wetter weather that has stopped people socialising.