There is extra proof new coronavirus infections could also be growing extra slowly than in earlier weeks.
Data from three completely different analyses present the change in England and Wales, however authorities scientific advisers urge warning.
Their newest R quantity estimate, indicating how briskly the epidemic is rising, rose to between 1.3-1.6.
Restrictions are in place in lots of elements of the UK.
Sage, the physique which advises the UK authorities, say it’s nonetheless “highly likely” the epidemic is rising exponentially throughout the nation.
The R or copy quantity is a measure of what number of different folks every individual with the virus is infecting, so an R between 1.Three and 1.6 signifies that on common each 10 folks contaminated will infect between 13 and 16 different folks.
In March, earlier than any management measures have been put in place, R was considered slightly below three.
An Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey estimates there have been 8,400 new circumstances per day in England within the week to 24 September – barely down on the earlier week’s estimate of 9,600 every day circumstances.
This would equate to round one in 500 folks now having the virus in England, and in addition in Wales.
“There is some limited evidence that the incidence rate may be levelling off, following steep increases during August and early September,” the ONS says.
Early estimates for Northern Ireland counsel one in 400 folks have the virus there.
Scientists behind the Covid Symptoms Study app stated their information additionally suggests the variety of new Covid circumstances within the UK has “flattened” within the final 4 days.
They estimate there have been practically 21,000 new circumstances per day on common over the 2 weeks as much as 28 September, with numbers highest within the north of England and in folks underneath 30.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and founding father of the app, stated greater numbers of youthful folks being contaminated now in comparison with in spring “may explain why the pressures on the NHS are less”.
These two analyses of the unfold of the virus mirror the findings of the React Study which discovered that, though circumstances are nonetheless excessive, the expansion of the virus could also be slowing down in England.
It stated this might be as a consequence of measures just like the “rule of six” being launched.
The ONS’s estimates of how a lot of the inhabitants is at the moment contaminated are based mostly on testing a consultant pattern of individuals in households with or with out signs.
It is completely different to the quantity printed every day by the Department of Health and Social Care. That data optimistic circumstances in folks with potential Covid signs who request checks.
On Thursday, testing detected 6,914 new circumstances of the virus, authorities figures present. This is down barely on earlier days and manner under the quantity on the peak of the pandemic.
But normally, circumstances have been rising slowly for the reason that finish of August.