The UK’s Covid-19 infection survey, which has provided a valuable data source on the prevalence of the virus in the UK for nearly three years, is to be “paused” from 31 March. No details have yet been given on any future surveys. The Office for National Statistics (ONS)-led survey was conducted on a sample of tests from households throughout the UK, regardless of whether the participants knew they had the disease or had reported results to the NHS. It has enabled accurate reporting of successive waves of the virus, prevalence by regions and age groups in England, and on new variants, long Covid, and on the characteristics of those infected. During the spring 2022 Omicron BA.2 wave of the virus alone, the survey suggested half a million new infections daily, eight times the number reported on the Government’s dashboard. The survey has been a partnership between the ONS, the University of Oxford and Manchester, the UK Health Security Agency and the Wellcome Trust. The ONS intends to continue the survey in the future, working with participants. The decision for ceasing the survey follows the UK’s move to “live with Covid-19”.
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