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Covid-19: Infections fell by 30% in England during second lockdown

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 30 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4686

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The prevalence of covid-19 fell by 30% across England, from 132 to 96 people infected per 10 000 between 13 and 24 November, show the latest results from the React study.1

More than 105 000 volunteers were tested in England as part of the study, which is carried out by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, to examine the levels of infection in the general population. It found that during lockdown the North West and North East of England saw the largest reductions, with infections falling by more than 50%.

However, the researchers warned that national prevalence was still high, with around one in 100 people testing positive, …

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