Covid data will be completely deleted as it is ‘no longer needed’

The numbers are up but public numbers on the spread of Covid-19 will no longer be released (Picture: Bloomberg/Getty)

The UK will stop releasing Covid-19 modeling data altogether as it is “no longer needed”.

Publicly available metrics like the R number will be phased out altogether from the end of next month.

Regular updates on coronavirus measures became a regular feature during the height of the pandemic, but have been increasingly sporadic in recent months.

The growth rate has been updated once a week and has been adjusted fortnightly since April this year.

It was first released in May 2020 for the whole of the UK, until April 2021 when it was released for England only.

The UKHSA’s Epidemiological Modeling Review Group (EMRG) said that after detailed review, the next release of its consensus statement on Covid-19 on January 6 “will be its last”.

Officials said the rollout of the vaccine and the success of new therapies meant there was no longer a need to collate the numbers.

Dr Nick Watkins, Chairman of the EMRG, said: “During the pandemic, R-value and growth rate have served as a useful and simple indicator to inform public health action and government decisions.

Pedestrians walk past a directional sign indicating a Covid-19 testing center on Hoe Street in Walthamstow, north London, on December 30, 2021. – Fueled by the highly contagious variant of Omicron, daily cases of Covid-19 in England soared, standing at over 183,000 on Wednesday.  (Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is higher now than at any time this winter (Picture: AFP)

“Now that vaccines and therapeutics have allowed us to move into a phase where we are living with Covid-19, with reduced surveillance but still closely monitored across a number of different indicators, the release of this specific data n is no longer necessary.

“We continue to monitor Covid-19 activity in the same way that we monitor a number of other common illnesses and diseases.

“All data releases are under constant review and this modeling data can be reintroduced quickly if necessary, for example, if a new variant of concern were to be identified.”

He said Covid-19 incidence data will continue to be accessible from the Office for National Statistics Infections Survey.

A total of 1.4 million people in private households in the UK were likely to test positive for coronavirus in the week to December 9.

The number of people in hospital in England who tested positive for Covid-19 stood at 8,643 on December 21, up 29% week-on-week and the highest total since late October.

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