But – amid the ongoing concern about high transmission rates and the government’s refusal to introduce stricter measures – there are some snippets of good news.
1. Slight fall in infections
According to Reuters news agency, the number of new infections in the UK has dropped by more than 9,500 over the past three weeks.
An average of 33,797 cases are now being reported per day.
Yet, it’s important to note that the UK still had the third highest number of Covid cases in the last seven days out of all the countries in the world, beaten only by the US and Russia – so there’s still a long way to go before we’re out of the woods.
2. 44% of previously vaccine-hesitant adults have taken up the jab
New follow-up analysis from 7 to 16 September shows that of the adults who said they were hesitant to get a vaccine,