Lockdown sees Covid figures fall as one in eight have now had the virus

Lockdown sees Covid figures fall as one in eight have now had the virus
Coronavirus Update

The latest figures from Public Health England show that for the seven days to January 14 there were 470 positive cases in the borough, down from 599 the week before.

PM Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown on January 5.

Since then, the rate per 100,000 people with a positive Covid-19 result in Tunbridge Wells has dropped from 504.5 to 395.9 – the lowest rate in Kent.

The figures come as one in eight people in England is estimated to have had Covid-19 by December last year, up from one in 14 in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS figures are an estimate of the proportion of the population who are likely to have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19, based on blood test results from a sample of people aged 16 and over.

The ONS found ‘substantial variation’ between regions in England, with 17 per cent of people in private households in Yorkshire and the Humber estimated to have tested positive for antibodies in December, compared with 5 per cent in south-west England.

Meanwhile, five more rapid-result coronavirus testing sites for people who don’t have symptoms of the virus are opening in Kent, in addition to the 19 centres already in operation.

These include the Vestry Hall in Cranbrook, which joins the Assembly Hall Theatre in providing lateral flow tests to people in Tunbridge Wells who don’t currently have symptoms but who may be unknowingly spreading the virus.

The full list of lateral flow testing sites can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest

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