September 25, 2020

Coronavirus: When will we know the UK lockdown is working?

It’s two weeks since Boris Johnson announced the UK’s lockdown, and there are signs the rate of infection is starting to slow, though not deaths.

While the number of people dying in hospital with coronavirus is doubling every few days, the figures for confirmed cases and hospitalisations are levelling off.

The daily death total will follow suit, scientists say. But they warn we could still see record highs in the coming days.

No let-up in the numbers of new deaths
Over the past three weeks, the number of new deaths reported has been doubling every three-and-a-half days. The graph below shows this, with the daily numbers as red bars, against a straight black line which represents that constant, regular rate of doubling.

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