Coronavirus infections continue to rise across the country, with one in 95 people in England infected, new figures show.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that more than half a million people in private households in England are likely to have had Covid-19 in the week leading up to July 10.
The estimated number of positive tests – 577,700 – is the equivalent of about one in 95 people, down from one in 160 the previous week, and the highest number since the week of February 6.
This is more than five times more than a month ago. In the week to June 12, the estimate was 105,000 people.
Data shows that at the same time last year, in the week leading up to July 12, it was estimated that one in 2,300 people had Covid-19.
In the latest data, all parts of England have seen an increase, with those in the north-east being the most likely of all regions to test positive for the coronavirus, with around one in 40 people.
North West England has the second highest estimate at around one in 55, while South East England has the lowest estimate at around one in 220.
Infection rates have increased across all age groups, but about one in 35 people in grade 12 (16 and 17) to 24 years old would have had Covid-19 in the week to July 10 – the rate the highest of any age group.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, around one in 90 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to July 10 – up from one in 100 the week before, and the highest level since the start of the week. survey of ONS infections in Scotland at the end of October 2020.
For Wales, the ONS describes the trend as ‘uncertain’ with an estimate of one in 360 people testing positive – broadly unchanged from one in 340 the previous week and close to levels last seen in early March .
In Northern Ireland, the estimate is one in 290 people, virtually unchanged from one in 300 the previous week.