CORONAVIRUS infections have dropped as local lockdowns managed to curb further outbreaks, new figures have revealed.
Data from the Office for National Statistics states that from July 27 to August 2, 28,300 people had the virus compared to 35,700 the week before.
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On July 30 Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a string of further local lockdowns in Northern England.
The lockdown areas included Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.
New figures show that these measures have led to a 20 per cent drop in cases.
Despite this, modelling from the ONS has revealed that rates of people testing positive for the coronavirus has risen since the lowest recorded estimate, which was at the end of June.
It did however states that cases numbers may now be levelling off.
The data is based on nose and throat swabs taken.
The ONS report states: “The number of people sampled in each region who tested positive for Covid-19 is low relative to England overall.
“This means there is a high degree of uncertainty in the regional estimates for this period, as indicated by large credible intervals.”
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