Britain: Cases dropped sharply in March due to vaccinations

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The fast pace of vaccinations against Covid-19 in England is starting to have a positive impact, as infection rates fell sharply in March, according to a survey released today.

The REACT study, conducted by scientists at Imperial College London, found that infections were reduced by about 60% from a previous study in February. The average is now just one infected person in 500.

Paul Eliot, director of the REACT program, said the “satisfactory reduction in infections” was “really good news” and “shows that we are heading in the right direction”.

While it reflects Lockdown’s three months, it is also an indication that the vaccination campaign is working, Eliot said.

“The rates (of infections) are clearly lower in the group that has been vaccinated the most, which is, according to our data, the ages 65-74 and the ages 75 plus,” he told reporters. “This is how I think we begin to see the effect of vaccinations.”

However, REACT researchers noted that the rate of infection reduction began to level in mid-March and said that the trend should be closely monitored. Many schools began reopening in the week of March 8, and restrictions imposed by Covid-19 will be further relaxed next week, with all shops and outdoor venues reopening.

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