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An estimated 1 in 15 people in England had coronavirus in final week of 2021

Early estimates suggest around 1 in 15 people in England would have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the week to 31 December 2021.

During this period of high infections, The Office for National Statistics is publishing provisional headline results of the Coronavirus Infection Survey two days early.

These are subject to change as more data come in but they say that they are based on an acceptable number of tests.

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased in all regions of England as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the latest week.

They were highest in London (1 in 10 people) and lowest in the South West of England (1 in 30).

The estimated number of people living in private households (not in hospitals, care homes and/or other communal establishments) who had COVID-19 in the most recent week was:

  • England – 3,270,800 people (1 in 15)
  • Wales – 157,900 people (1 in 20)
  • Northern Ireland – 72,900 people (1 in 25)
  • Scotland – 238,000 people (1 in 20)

COVID-19 infections compatible with the Omicron variant continued to increase rapidly across all UK nations

Modelled percentage of positive cases compatible with the Delta variant, and compatible with the Omicron variant, based on nose and throat swabs, daily, 20 November to 31 December 2021, UK
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COVID-19 infections compatible with the Omicron variant continued to increase rapidly across all UK nations

Modelled percentage of positive cases compatible with the Delta variant, and compatible with the Omicron variant, based on nose and throat swabs, daily, 20 November to 31 December 2021, UK

 

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