expert reaction to latest data from the ONS Infection Survey


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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released the latest data from their COVID-19 Infection Survey.

Prof James Naismith, Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and University of Oxford, said:

“Today’s publication from ONS (based on data to the end of last week) is very encouraging. The prevalence of the virus has continued to drop, albeit it slowly in all UK nations and essentially all regions. It is safe to conclude that the re-opening we have seen this far, has not triggered a resurgence. The vaccine campaign has clearly had its desired effect, with infection rates lowest in the over 50’s. The decrease in prevalence in children is good news, the less virus in the UK the less chance for variants.



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