King’s College London ‘s COVID Symptom Tracker app estimates that cases in the UK are shrinking by a third a week. The researchers, working with health tech company ZOE, have been collecting reports of symptoms and test results from a million UK citizens. Last week they used this data to estimate that there were 3,612 people catching the virus every day in Britain, 35 per cent more than today’s figure. And the scientists predicted that roughly 4,942 people were being infected in the first week of June, 26.9 per cent higher than last week. The figure was higher than 11,000 per day a month ago.
Are doctors getting better at treating Covid-19? Britain’s coronavirus death rate in hospitals has FALLEN to a quarter of level it was during peak of the crisis
Analysis by Oxford University shows that 6 per cent of people admitted to hospitals in England with the virus died at the beginning of April. But the figures show that by June 15, just 1.5 per cent of Covid-19 patients were falling victim to the disease – a quarter of the level at the peak. Statisticians at Oxford cannot pin down exactly why survival rates have fallen so drastically, but they believe doctors may be becoming better at treating the virus. In April there was no approved medicine to treat Covid-19, a brand new disease that only jumped from animals to humans at the end of 2019. But now the NHS now has two drugs at its disposal – the Ebola medicine remdesivir and anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone.