Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that England’s COVID-19 outbreak slowed down last week before the crippling lockdown.
More than half of local authorities saw their positive test rates fall at the end of October, and the COVID Symptom Study predicts that the UK has already passed the peak of the second save. Meanwhile, SAGE revealed the R rate in the UK has remained between 1.1 and 1.3.
Despite this, Downing Street has refused calls to end England’s second lockdown early with a spokesman saying: ‘The lockdown is for four weeks to the 2nd December.’
Oxford scientists, economists and politicians have criticised the decision to impose a second lockdown as hasty and unnecessary. Graphs used by SAGE to justify the lockdown have been torn apart by experts.