UK cases drop 60% due to vaccines and lockdown

London, April 8 (AP) Britain’s COVID-19 vaccination program is starting to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest findings from an ongoing study into the pandemic in England.

Researchers at Imperial College London found COVID-19 infections fell by around 60% in March, with national lockdowns slowing the spread of the virus. People 65 and older were the least likely to be infected because they benefited the most from the vaccination program, which initially focused on the elderly.

The study also found that the relationship between infections and deaths is divergent, “suggesting that infections may have resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths since the start of generalized vaccination.”

But researchers also called for caution, saying infection rates stabilized at the end of the study period as the government began to ease the national lockdown and children returned to school.

The next step in lifting England’s third national lockdown is slated for April 12, when non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen, along with hair salons, gyms and outside service in pubs and restaurants .

The Imperial College study conducts swab tests on a random sample of people across England each month. The last cycle tested more than 140,000 people from March 11 to 30. (AP)


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