The average amount of new COVID-19 cases in the UK has been seen to rise again for the 3rd week in a row; adding more credence to speculation of a second COVID-19 wave beginning to take effect in the UK.
Looking at the average amount of new COVID-19 cases reported daily, we can see that up until the week ending 11th July, new cases had been falling. In the week ending the 11th of July, on average, 556 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
The following week (ending 18th July) had an average of 610 cases reported. Below, we have listed the averages for the ‘daily new cases’ detailing the last 5 weeks. (We have bolded and coloured the highest and lowest weeks).
- Week ending 4th July = 664 daily cases. (4653 new cases)
- Week ending 11th July = 556 daily cases. (3894 new cases)
- Week ending 18th July = 610 daily cases. (4272 new cases)
- Week ending 25th July = 659 daily cases. (4615 new cases)
- Week ending 1st August = 753 daily cases. (5271 new cases)
Earlier this week, both SAGE and CMMID produced their most recent R-number predictions, with both groups stating the UK’s reproduction rates are climbing. The amounts of new cases reported over the last three weeks, and the accompanying daily averages, provide clear evidence that the second wave of sorts has begun to take hold in the UK.
While a second wave looks to be starting we are in a better position to deal with COVID-19 now than we were in March. Remember, keep your distance, wash your hands, cover-up; and pay attention to the scientists!