Have COVID-19 cases turned a corner

 Have COVID-19 cases turned a corner

A small reduction in COVID-19 cases across some parts of the UK should not be used as an excuse to lift lockdown or reduce adherence to the rules, an expert scientist has told Sky News.

Dr Andrew Preston, an infectious diseases microbiologist at the University of Bath, warned that lifting restrictions on the basis of cases beginning to drop would be “incredibly dangerous”.

COVID-19 cases across the UK have jumped by three times in a month, from a daily average of 15,000 cases at the beginning of December to more than 55,000 at the beginning of January.

Over the Christmas period, there were a record number of daily cases, but that upwards trend reduced by 13% by 10 January, compared with the highest average peak of more than 60,000 a day.

Despite this, there is still not a consistent decrease and the number of positive cases is still very high – more than 40,000 a day – while infections are rising in many local areas.

Sky News analysis has found around eight in 10 local authority areas had a weekly infection rate of more than 300 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending 10 January.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the government was banning travel to countries that had a rate of

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