Covid-19 infections have dropped by "roughly" 30% in England during the second national lockdown, new research suggested on Monday.
The study was conducted by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission program.
Swab tests on more than 105,000 people have shown coronavirus infections are declining, Imperial College London said on its website.
The report includes results from home coronavirus tests taken between November 13 and 24, and shows "an estimated 0.96% of England’s population has the virus, or around 1 in 100 people."
"This is roughly a 30% drop in the number of infections compared with previous findings, where more than 1 in 80, or 1.3% of people, had the virus as of November 2," the report found.
"We’re seeing a fall in infections at the national level and in particular across regions that were previously worst affected. These trends suggest that the tiered approach helped to curb infections in these areas and that lockdown has added to this effect," said Paul Elliot, director of the program at Imperial.
According to the research, the R-number has fallen to below 1, estimated at 0.88, "meaning that the country’s epidemic is currently shrinking rather than growing."