The data for tests carried out is a week behind due to lags in data coming through, so the 32.6% rise is because more people are being tested after the Christmas period (the comparison period is 25th-31st January). That said, the positivity rate is a key factor in determining how things are going. We're currently at 17.6% positivity (up to 6th January), which is down from the high of 18.3% over New Year. Slow going but some cautious good news. Cases also seem to be starting to plateau in most areas and in some areas are down due to the increased restrictions. However, we need to remember we're a little blind to the level of cases now. Back in November when we had the last lockdown, we were at around 25,000 cases a day (and an average of just 9% positivity) which was a shocking number at the time. We've been over double that in terms of cases for some time now. Higher case numbers obviously means the virus is more prevalent, meaning restrictions will end up being in place for longer. Likewise, those higher case numbers mean more hospitalisations. Those record numbers we've seen in the past week or so will take another week or two to filter through to the hospitals. So good news on the case front, but the next few weeks on hospitalisations and deaths is going to be pretty scary to say the least. Fingers crossed we're starting to turn a corner though!