Covid-19 infections in England and Wales lowest for eight months – fr

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Covid-19 infections in England and Wales lowest for eight months – fr


A pack of Covid-19 self-test kits (Zoe Linkson / PA)

The number of Covid-19 infections in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in eight months, new figures suggest.

About one in 1,180 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to May 2, up from one in 1,010 the week before, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the lowest figure since the week before September 5, 2020, when the estimate was one in 1,400.

The percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus is estimated to have declined in all parts of England except Yorkshire and the Humber, East England and London, where the trend is uncertain, the ONS said.

Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of people of any region in England likely to test positive for coronavirus in the week to May 2: around one in 470 people.

South West England had the lowest estimate: around one in 6,410 people.

In Wales, around one in 2,070 people in private households are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to May 2 – up from one in 1,570 the week before and the lowest since the week through 5 September.

In Northern Ireland, the estimate is around one in 750, compared to one in 940 the week before.

The ONS said the trend in Northern Ireland over the past two weeks had “remained stable”.

The estimate for Scotland is around one in 760, compared to one in 640 and the lowest since the estimates for Scotland began in October.

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