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Yesterday the UK recorded 36,567 new coronavirus cases. As the government’s dashboard shows, the total number of cases in the week up to yesterday was just 2.2% up on the previous week. But the seven-day average figures on the “cases by date reported” graph, which only go up to Thursday, show cases falling.

At the Downing Street lobby briefing the prime minister’s spokesman said it was too early to conclude that cases were plateauing. He said:

It’s always encouraging when you see reductions like that and including, I believe, a levelling off of admissions. But it’s too early to draw full conclusions from the case rates and we would continue to urge the public to abide by the guidance as set out and those eligible to get booster doses.

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