Experts from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have said that Covid infections have continued to rise around much of the UK.
Swab tests in the community indicate 1.3% of the population – or one in 80 people – have the virus. Last week the proportion was one in 100. What is shared amongst the new cases is that the more infectious Delta variant accounts for almost every case.
The country is yet to witness the impact of the most recent unlocking, which covers the week up to 17 July.
As per the ONS:
- one in 75 people have the virus in England – in comparison to one in 95 the week before
- Scotland has one in 80 – compared to one in 90 the week before
- in Wales, it is one in 210 – compared to one in 360 earlier
- Northern Ireland has one in 170 – compared to one in 290
ONS Senior Statistician Kara Steel mentioned, “Infections continue to increase across the UK, with rates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland similar to those seen in February.
“With infection rates rising, keeping a close eye on the data is crucial to see how the vaccination programmes are protecting many from infection and developing severe symptoms.
“Continuing to monitor the infection rates is crucial going forward, particularly as we have not yet seen the impact of the easing of restrictions in our data, therefore I would like to thank every single one of our participants for their continued contribution.”