London could be ‘Virus-Free’ within just TWO WEEKS as new cases drop to only 24 a day say officials

If infection rates continue to drop as they are London could be ‘virus-free in TWO WEEKS’ raising hopes lockdown could be eased further.

NEW data shows that just 24 new cases a day are being recorded in the capital and it could be eradicated there by June raising hopes lockdown could be eased altogether. Analysis by Public Health England and Cambridge University calculated that the ‘R’ reproduction rate has fallen to 0.4 in the capital, with the number of new cases halving every 3.5 days.

The figure shows the capital, once the worst-affected region of the country, is now ahead of every other area in recovering and could see all new cases eliminated by June.

It is believed that London had been on a downward trend in the rate of infections before the rest of the country because of social distancing measures that were being encouraged on public transport before the lockdown began.

Meanwhile, the North East of England is recording 4,000 daily infections and has an R rate of 0.8, twice that of the capital after seeing a slower increase in cases at the start of the pandemic.

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