The link between case numbers and death numbers is breaking as a result of the vaccination programme, data suggests.

The React survey, which regularly tracks the virus by randomly swabbing a sample of people in England, found that 0.2 per cent were infected with the coronavirus last month, down from 0.49 per cent in February.

Professor Steven Riley, of Imperial College London, one of the lead researchers on the project, said that for most of last year the pattern of cases rising and falling had been closely followed by the pattern of deaths.

However, he said there had been “some divergence between our observed patterns of infection and patterns of death since January, which we think probably suggests that the mass vaccination is breaking that



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