Fall of nearly a quarter in new coronavirus cases, study reveals – The Times

New coronavirus cases have dropped 23 per cent in a week, according to one of the UK studies tracking the outbreak, with the R value now 0.9.

There are now 53,528 daily new symptomatic cases of Covid-19 in the UK on average, according to researchers at the Zoe Covid symptom study app infection survey. This is down from 69,958 a week ago.

The R value for the UK, a measure of how many people each infected person will pass the virus on to, is now below one, meaning that the outbreak is shrinking nationally, researchers said.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and lead scientist on the study, said: “It’s great to see case numbers falling in most regions but numbers