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Covid infections persevering with to fall across the UK

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Covid infections are persevering with to fall within the UK, dropping by greater than half one million in per week, in line with the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Roughly 2.6 million individuals had the virus within the week to 26 July, in comparison with 3.2 million the earlier week.

The variety of individuals in hospital with the virus can be lowering.

But specialists warn there’s nonetheless loads of Covid round, with knowledge estimating one in 25 individuals in England at the moment have the virus.

Vaccines are serving to shield individuals from extreme sickness, nonetheless.

Covid Infection Rates From Ons Survey

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The ONS knowledge is collated by testing hundreds of individuals from UK households – whether or not or not they’ve signs – to estimate how a lot virus is circulating.

‘Continued decreases’

In the most recent ONS report, for the week ending 26 July , the estimated Covid charges have been:

  • One in 25 in England – down from one in 20 the week earlier than
  • One in 30 in Wales – down from one in 19
  • One in 17 in Northern Ireland – down from one in 16 (though specialists say the pattern is unsure)
  • One in 20 in Scotland – down from one in 19

“Our most recent data suggests that infection rates have continued to decrease across much of the UK, although rates still remain high,” stated Dr Rhiannon Yapp, co-lead for the ONS survey.

“We have seen continued decreases in all regions and age groups in England.

“With the summer season holidays and extra individuals travelling, we’ll proceed to carefully monitor the information,” she added.

Many of the recent cases have been linked to fast-spreading sub-variants of Omicron, called BA.4 and BA.5.

People are still able to become infected, even if they have had Covid before – but vaccines are helping to protect people from becoming severely ill.

The government announced last month that everyone aged 50 and over in the UK will be offered another Covid booster vaccine this autumn.

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