Matt Hancock says there are ‘promising signs lockdown is working’ as new cases ‘flatten’

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said new cases were starting to ease (Image: Getty Images)

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There are “promising signs the lockdown is working” in England, Matt Hancock claimed today.

The Health Secretary said he was starting to see a “flattening” in cases as data begins to trickle in from the month-long shutdown.

Mr Hancock pointed to the rolling seven-day average of new cases in the UK, which fell very slightly from 24,601 as of November 10 to 24,489 as of November 11.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are promising signs that we’ve seen a flattening of the number of cases since lockdown was brought in.

“That is good news – clearly there is further to go.

A chart by the PA Media news agency showing a similar set of data
(Image: Press Association Images)

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“Yesterday we saw for the first time the seven day average of cases coming down.

“I’m calling it a flattening rather than a fall because one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“But these are promising signs that the lockdown is working to get the number of cases under control.”

November 11 is the most recent date available for a seven-day rolling figure, as it includes days both before and after November 11 to take an average.

The average is calculated using the day a test was taken, not when the results came in. More recent days cannot be used as not all their tests have come back with results yet.

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