EIGHT MILLION people in England live in neighbourhoods with close to ZERO Covid cases
Added 03-02-21 12:36:02pm EST - “MPs called on Boris Johnson to justify his national approach to easing restrictions, saying it was unfair to keep Devon residents 'cooped up' over Easter because of high cases elsewhere.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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More than eight million people in England live in areas where coronavirus may have disappeared, official figures revealed today.
Department of Health data showed 1,065 out of 6,792 neighbourhoods — 15 per cent — recorded 'fewer than three cases' in the week to February 24, and may even have had none at all. Numbers are suppressed when they fall this low because health chiefs fear infected residents could be identified and shamed.
The vast majority of Cornwall and Devon recorded fewer than three Covid infections. But areas with tiny, or non-existent, outbreaks were scattered across the country, including in parts of London.
MPs today called on the Government to justify sticking to the national approach to easing lockdown, saying it was unfair to keep residents in Devon 'cooped up over Easter' because of bigger outbreaks elsewhere in the country. Boris Johnson has pledged that all curbs will be lifted no earlier than June 21.
It comes as separate data today underscored the success of England's huge vaccination drive. Fascinating charts showed how 90 per cent of over-85s — who are most at risk of dying from the virus — now have Covid antibodies, suggesting they have some immunity against the disease. The Office for National Statistics revealed the rate was just 22 per cent at the start of 2021, before the jab roll-out began to rapidly pick up the pace.
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