Britain’s Covid resurgence is now receding on ALL fronts: Health officials log 116,227 cases over Bank Holiday weekend in 31% plunge as hospitalisations fall by 9% and deaths drop by 3%

  • UK Health Security Agency bosses posted another 116,227 infections today, covering the last five days
  • It means 26,000 Britons have tested positive on any given day in the last week, a drop of 31% on last Tuesday
  • Experts say the daily counts are now ‘completely irrelevant’, however, because they rely entirely on testing
  • Meanwhile, 2,083 infected people were admitted to hospitals last Monday, marking a 13% week-on-week fall 
  • A further 482 deaths were reported within four weeks of a positive test, down 3% on last week

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Britain’s Covid resurgence is now receding on all three fronts, according to official figures that suggest deaths have finally peaked. 

UK Health Security Agency bosses logged 116,227 today, with the bumper toll covering the entire Bank Holiday weekend. It means roughly 26,000 Britons are now testing positive for the virus every day, down 31 per cent on last Tuesday’s rolling average. 

Experts say the daily counts are now ‘completely irrelevant’, however, because they rely entirely on testing.

Meanwhile, the most up-to-date statistics show another 2,083 Covid ‘patients’ were admitted to hospitals across the UK last Monday, marking an 8.5 per cent week-on-week fall.

And a further 482 fatalities were reported today, down three per cent on last week. But that toll is artificially high because it also covers five days.

Both hospital and death figures are counts of patients who have tested positive for the virus, and don’t necessarily equate to patients who have been killed or left severely ill from the illness. More than half of Covid patients in NHS wards are primarily being treated for other reasons, like a broken leg, and the virus is not the underlying cause of death in up to a third of all fatalities.

UK Health Security Agency bosses logged 116,227 today, with the bumper toll covering the entire Bank Holiday weekend. It means roughly 26,000 Britons are now testing positive for the coronavirus every day, down 31 per cent on last Tuesday’s rolling average. Day-to-day counts are higher today than last Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday weekend’s lack of recording

Meanwhile, the most up-to-date statistics show another 2,083 Covid 'patients' were admitted to hospitals across the UK last Monday, marking an 8.5 per cent fall on the rolling daily average. The week-on-week fall was slightly higher

Meanwhile, the most up-to-date statistics show another 2,083 Covid ‘patients’ were admitted to hospitals across the UK last Monday, marking an 8.5 per cent fall on the rolling daily average. The week-on-week fall was slightly higher

And a further 482 fatalities were reported today, with the overall trend being down 3 per cent on last week. But that toll is artificially high because it also covers five days. Day-to-day counts are higher today than last Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday weekend's lack of recording

And a further 482 fatalities were reported today, with the overall trend being down 3 per cent on last week. But that toll is artificially high because it also covers five days. Day-to-day counts are higher today than last Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday weekend’s lack of recording

Official figures show 116,227 positive tests were logged on the Government dashboard between Thursday and Monday. 

England recorded 93,281 infections, while 19,979 were logged in Scotland, 2,695 in Northern Ireland and 272 in Wales.

The figures mean an average of 26,394 people have tested positive across the UK on any given day over the last week. 

The figure is 31.2 per cent lower than the 38,412 seven-day average logged last Tuesday.

Experts warn the daily numbers are less relevant now as they only reflect people who got a test, which have only been free for the elderly, most vulnerable and NHS workers since April 1.

Separate data from the Office for National Statistics, the gold-standard weekly surveillance data which randomly swabs around 100,000 people, said the latest wave peaked at the start of April. 

Analysts estimated 3.7million people were carrying the virus on any day in the week ending April 9, marking a near nine per cent fall on the record 4.1million the previous week. 

Meanwhile, hospitalisation data shows 2,083 people infected with the virus were admitted to hospitals across the UK on Monday April 11, down 13.4 per cent on the 2,406 hospitalisations logged one week earlier.

Daily virus admissions appear to have peaked at 2,660 on March 30, the UKHSA’s Covid dashboard suggests. They have been trending downwards since then.

And the number of Covid patients in hospital has followed a similar trend, peaking at 20,509.