Unfortunately numbers are definitely not back to normal. I was offered a new ROP date recently after losing my September one to a Med appeal that came up and May is the soonest they have. CA told me this is because ROP are capped at 40 candidates whereas used to be 80. I have a friend who's doing vPJFT in the next week or so and been quoted June as his most likely date.
Definitely be worth it in the end, no matter how frustrating it is right now.