Covid cases continue to decline across the country, and have been doing so since March. In the seven days until Friday this week (April 29), case numbers across the country dropped 43 per cent from the previous week.
As we come to the end of April, the first month without access to free Covid tests, cases dropped from 146,296 in the week to April 22 to 105,331 cases in the week to April 29. Free testing might be over, but the numbers of deaths within 29 days of a positive test and patients admitted to hospital with Covid have each also dropped by around 20 per cent.
A total of 1,560 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive test in the week to April 29, while the previous week saw 1,956 deaths. Its a similar story with hospital admissions, with 9,493 patients admitted this week compared to 12,420 the week before.
The ONS said in its latest report that in the week ending April 23, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid across England, Wales and Scotland was continuing to decrease.
As it stands, the government has removed all Covid restrictions in England. People are still recommended to get vaccinated, meet outside, and consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to help reduce the risk of catching the virus, but none of those measures are mandated anymore.
The new advice for anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including Covid, is to try to stay at home and avoid close contact with others. If you want to get tested for Covid, you must now pay for the test yourself, unless you have a health condition, work in the NHS or social care, or have an operation in which case you are entitled to free tests.
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