UK coronavirus infections have levelled off – official data

Coronavirus infections appear to have levelled off across the UK, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

An estimated one in 55 people in private households in England had Covid-19 between January 17 and 23, broadly unchanged on the previous estimates for the period January 10 to 16.

Meanwhile, in Wales, around one in 70 people had Covid-19, also unchanged from the previous estimate.

The figure for Northern Ireland was around one in 50, up slightly from one in 60, while the estimate for Scotland was broadly unchanged, down slightly from around one in 100 people to one in 110.

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The ONS said the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in England “remains high”, with more than one million people infected in the most recent week’s data.

London continues to have the highest percentage of people testing positive, with around one in 35 people infected.

Sarah Crofts, senior statistician for the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: “In England rates are level but remain high, with the estimated level of infection still over one million people.

“Infection rates across Wales and Scotland have remained level and in Northern Ireland rates of infection have begun to level off.

“The percentage of positive tests compatible with the new (UK) variant of the virus has increased in the East Midlands.

“Across other regions rates remained relatively stable or are declining.”

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The ONS data is based on swabs taken from people in households, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

It does not include care homes, hospitals and other institutional settings.

In England, the estimates for the latest six-week period are based on 501,255 swab tests.