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COVID cases in England skyrocket 76.5% in one week, ONS estimates | UK News

Coronavirus cases in the community rose 76.5% in just one week, according to official estimates for England.

About one in 640 people in private households contracted COVID-19 in the week to May 29, up from one in 1,120 the week before, the Office for National Statistics said.

This is the highest level since the week of April 16 and represents an increase of 76.5%.

The numbers will likely be part of the data taken into account by the Prime Minister as he decides whether or not to drop coronavirus restrictions on June 21.

Boris Johnson is under pressure to move forward with the unlock – dubbed “Freedom Day” by some – following the successful vaccine rollout.

However, concerns remain about the spread of the Indian variant, also known as the Delta variant.

In Wales, there are “early signs” of an increase in the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus, with around one in 1,050 people estimated to have had COVID-19 in the week to May 29, said the ONS.

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This is an increase from one in 3,850 the week before and the highest estimate since the week of April 16.

In Northern Ireland, the trend is “uncertain”, with an estimate of around one in 800 for the week to May 29, broadly unchanged from one in 820 the week before.

The trend is also “uncertain” for Scotland, where the latest estimate is around one in 680, broadly unchanged from one in 630.

All figures relate to people living in private households.

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 is estimated to have increased in the North West of England, the East Midlands and the South West of England.

There are also signs of a possible increase in the West Midlands and London as the trend is uncertain for other regions, the ONS said.

In many areas, the positivity rates are very low, which means that trends are difficult to identify as they are affected by small changes in the number of people who test positive from week to week.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-04 11:13:00

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