Tumble in Covid cases surprises newly free Brits


Tumble in Covid cases surprises newly free Brits

But the prime minister is not celebrating just yet

Emily Ashton

A sustained fall in new coronavirus cases in the UK is being cautiously welcomed by scientists, though there’s no consensus on what’s behind it – or whether the current wave of infections has peaked.

The UK recorded 24,950 new cases on Monday, down for a sixth day and well below the 39,950 from a week earlier. Scientists pointed to the end of the soccer European Championship, a period of sunny weather and the start of the school holidays as potential factors, alongside the vaccine rollout.

The data is a boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been fending off criticism over his decision to lift restrictions at the same time that the highly transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant was taking hold...

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