Sir Ian Diamond, the UK’s National Statistician, has said “we are seeing a slowdown” in the rate of growth of Covid-19 across the UK.
“We’re still increasing, and in England one in 85 people we believe have the virus,” he told Sky News. “But we believe the rate of growth is slowing.”
Sir Ian said that while the second wave has now “moved into all age groups”, lower rates are now being recorded among younger Britons amid “huge” regional variations.
Asked about the prospect of England leaving lockdown on December 2, he said: “That’s the $64,000 question, and I would love to give you an answer.
“We moved into this new period of restrictions just a short while ago.
“We will be working tirelessly over the next couple of weeks to monitor how the restrictions are working, and towards the end of the restrictions to provide all the very best data we can to help ministers with what will be a very difficult decision.”