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Infection rates rise across most of UK – but ‘possible signs’ of slowing in England

Written by on 30/07/2021

Infection rates have continued to rise across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – but dropped in Scotland, according to the latest estimates.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 24 July, approximately 1 in 65 people were estimated to have had COVID-19 in England.

The rate was around 1 in 65 people in Northern Ireland, and around 1 in 160 Wales.

Meanwhile, the percentage of people testing positive in Scotland dropped in that week – around 1 in 110 people had COVID.

Though England’s infection rate went up in the week ending 24 July, there are “possible signs that the rate of increase may have slowed”, the ONS says.

The highest percentage of people testing positive for COVID in England was in the North East, while infections increased in all regions except for the East of England and the South West.

The percentage of people testing positive has increased for those aged two to 16, and those over 50.

 Sky News

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