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Why Professor Chris Whitty's pessimism isn't the full picture: BEN SPENCER presents the good news graphs the experts DIDN'T show you
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Posted: 01/10/20 - 09:24
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Four times yesterday we were told that Covid numbers are going in the wrong direction.

But all the signs suggest this is not on the cards. Yes, cases are worryingly high. Yes, hospital admissions have doubled in a week. And yes, 71 deaths are a tragedy.

But all these figures have been increasing very gradually for a number of weeks.

And a major study by Imperial College London, based on tens of thousands of tests, last night suggested that the rate of growth may even be slowing. It estimated the crucial R rate has dropped to 1.1 – from a peak of roughly 1.5 the week before – suggesting that recent restrictions are working. Exponential growth does not seem imminent.

Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty often look to France and Spain, which are said to be two to three weeks ahead of the UK in their trajectories.

Although both countries have far higher cases than Britain, they have not seen anything like the spike seen in the spring.

I Call True: I think that the key stat here is that since June flu/pneumonia have killed 3x the number of people as those who have died with a positive test of coronavirus within the past 28 days. So why are we locking down again?

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