UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it’s estimated that fewer than 10,000 people per day are currently being infected with coronavirus, lower than during the first wave which struck the country earlier this year.
“We estimate through surveys that over 100,000 people a day were catching the disease (at the peak of the first wave), but we only found around 6,000 of them, and they tested positive,” Hancock told broadcaster Sky News.
“Now we estimate that it's under 10,000 people a day getting the disease. That's too high, but it's still much lower than in the peak.”
The United Kingdom reported 6,178 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday -- which is a similar number to the peak of the first wave of infections. The difference, Hancock says, is that there is significantly more testing being carried out now.
According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, more than 412,000 cases of coronavirus have been detected in the UK so far, putting it among the worst hit European countries, behind France and Spain. Almost 42,000 people have died as a result of the virus in the UK.