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Covid: Early signs could show rising infections in parts of the UK

There have been early signs of possible rising coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in England and Northern Ireland in the week to 2 June 2022, says the ONS.

This is because of rises in infections compatible with some Omicron variants.

Trends in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 were uncertain in Wales and Scotland in the latest week.

Early signs of a possible increase in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Northern Ireland

The estimated percentage of the community population (those not in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings) that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:

797,500 (1 in 70 people) in England
40,500 (1 in 75 people) in Wales
27,700 (1 in 65 people) in Northern Ireland
124,100 (1 in 40 people) in Scotland

Deaths involving COVID-19 fall in England and Wales

The number of deaths in England and Wales involving coronavirus (COVID-19) fell to 410 in the week ending 27 May 2022. This was 137 fewer than the previous week, accounting for around 1 in every 26 deaths (3.8%).

Of the 410 deaths involving COVID-19 in the week ending 27 May 2022, 64.9% (266 deaths) had this recorded as the underlying cause of death, compared with 61.4% in the previous week.

There were 10,860 total deaths registered in England and Wales in the most recent week, which was 10.1% above the five-year average.

Our data are based on deaths registered in England and Wales and include all deaths where “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” was mentioned on the death certificate.