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COVID-19: UK could be ‘past pandemic’ according to expert as data estimates one in 40,000 symptomatic cases | UK News

Only one in 40,000 symptomatic cases of coronavirus is recorded in the UK, suggesting the country has passed the pandemic, new data suggests.

Professor Tim Spector, who runs the ZOE COVID symptoms app which has been uploaded by some 4.5 million Britons, says people can feel optimistic and more relaxed about the results.

“We have one of the lowest rates in Europe,” he said, adding that it “was still slowly falling to around 10% last week”.

He said new data from the app shows that “the average risk for a person to have symptoms COVID is really low at the moment – we estimate as low as one in 40,000 ”.

There are “absolutely” good reasons to be optimistic, he said.

He continued, “It seems that by the time we are past this pandemic period and enter what we call the endemic period, where we have low levels of infection and occasional epidemics that do not spread. and the overall risk is low. “

Professor Spector, who works in genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said there are regional variations and parts of the country, such as parts of eastern England and the south-west, do not ‘have virtually no cases.

He added that people in those areas, especially those who have been vaccinated, should be “much more relaxed and less stressed” about going out.

“For me, this is a very reassuring picture and we should be a little more optimistic about it,” he said.

Formerly known as COVID Symptom Tracker, the app, which runs on Android and iOS, was developed in the UK and is the result of a collaboration between King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas Hospitals and ZOE Global Limited.

Its purpose is to track symptoms and other important data in a large number of people in order to enable the calculation of epidemiological results.

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