London and East of England do NOT report new cases of coronavirus for 24 hours
Not a single case of the coronavirus was diagnosed yesterday in London or the South East of England, according to public health data.
Public Health England information showed that no sample collected in the London region tested positive on May 18, the first time since the outbreak.
And no new infections were found in the South East either, including Kent, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Sussex.
The regions are the two most populous in the country and are home to a combined 18 million people – nearly a third of the UK’s population.
Officials have lowered the numbers, suggesting they may be due to a technical glitch known to have happened this weekend.
The figures also showed that only 79 cases were identified across England.
The statistic will inevitably rise in the coming days as more people cleaned on Monday get their results back. A total of 2,412 people received positive results yesterday from samples taken between May 13-18.
But it’s because the number of people contracting the virus in Britain is falling fast.
Research by the University of Cambridge and Public Health England last week suggested that only 24 people catch COVID-19 in London every day.
Public Health England data has so far identified only 79 new cases of coronavirus from samples provided on May 18. This number will increase in the future as more people receive their results
It calculated that the crucial ‘R’ reproduction rate – the average number of people passing an infected patient the virus – has fallen to just 0.4 in the capital, halving the number of new cases every 3.5 days.
The Cambridge team estimated that 1.8 million people in London (20 percent) have already had coronavirus.
They claimed that 10 to 53 people in the capital contracted the virus on May 10, the day Boris Johnson announced a slight relaxation of some lockout rules.
At the peak of the capital’s crisis – expected to be the same day the closure was announced – 213,000 people are said to have contracted the infection.
Meanwhile, the team’s models show that there is only one death in every 160 cases, suggesting that at the current rate, the daily death toll in London will drop to a constant level of zero within three weeks.
At the beginning of the outbreak, London was the hardest hit part of the UK, but the latest figures suggest it is now ahead of any other recovery area and all new cases would have been eliminated by June. In contrast, the North East of England records 4,000 daily infections and has an R rate of 0.8, twice the number of the capital.
An epidemiologist stated that it is ‘extremely unlikely’ that the number of new cases in London is as low as 24.
The new data – provided to a subcommittee of the government’s SAGE expert panel – raised hopes that the relaxation of strict measures could be accelerated.