CORONAVIRUS infection rates and hospital admissions have fallen in all regions in England, official data has revealed.
Despite a fall in cases experts have warned that “we must not drop our guard” in the fight against the virus.
Data from PHE shows that cases of Covid-19 are dropping in every region across the countryCredit: Gov.uk
Public Health England’s weekly Covid-19 surveillance report states that cases per 100,000 have fallen across all regions and are now highest in the West Midlands with a rate of 319.9.
As of 9am on February 2 there have been 3,373,085 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in England.
Figures from the previous surveillance report stated that there had been 3,225,301 confirmed cases.
Data also shows that cases are falling in all age groups.
The report also states that hospital admissions have declined in the last week.
The rate for being being admitted with Covid-19 has gone from 33.66 to 25.26 per 100,000.
The graph above shows how cases have fallen in all age groups across EnglandCredit: Gov.uk
The report states that hospitalisations have fallen across all regions.
In line with cases numbers, the West Midlands also has the highest rates of hospital admissions with 37.48 per 100.000.
Across the regions the highest age for those being admitted is patients 85 and over.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “However encouraging it is that case rates and hospitalisations continue to fall across all age groups and regions, it is important to reduce the level of infection in our communities because the rates remain very high.
“We may have passed the peak but must not become complacent.
The chart above shows that hospitalisations have also dropped in all regionsCredit: Gov.uk
The chart shows that while hospitalisations have dropped in all age groups – they still remain highest in those 85 and overCredit: Gov.uk
“Dropping our guard at this stage could waste everything we have endured over the last few weeks.
“Please remember around one in three people with the virus do not show symptoms – but can still pass it on and make others seriously ill.”
The report also states the frequency of NHS 111 calls and the symptoms people have been reporting.
The three main symptoms of Covid-19 are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell (anosmia).
If you have any of these symptoms you should get a test and isolate.
The report shows that in the last month, the number of people calling the service with “potential Covid” has significantly dropped off as has people reporting symptoms such as cold and flu and a loss of taste and smell (anosmia).
The chart above shows that the number of people reporting a loss of taste and smell has dropped off
Dr Doyle added: “Stay at home and reduce your contacts. This is the best way to further bring down infections rates and save lives.”
Her comments come after vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said the rollback of pandemic restrictions will be slow so we “never have to go back into another severe lockdown”.
He said schools are still set to reopen on March 8, but suggested many other sectors may have to remain shut well into the Spring or early summer.
His remarks will alarm lockdown-sceptic MPs who are pushing Boris Johnson to speed up the rolling back of restrictions.
A key scientist advising the PM today insisted life could be “more or less back to normal by summer” if jabs targets are hit.
Rishi Sunak has reportedly complained Government advisers are “shifting the goalposts” on when curbs on daily life can be lifted.
The PM is set to lay out a “roadmap” for exiting lockdown during a speech on February 22.
Data also produce by PHE also revealed that cases have dropped significantly in London, almost halving in a week.
While infections have dropped across the capital there are still five areas in England where cases are still rising.
This data is separate from the surveillance report and states that in the seven days up to January 30 cases have risen in; East Lindsey, Torbay, Rutland, Hartlepool and North Kesteven.