COVID-19: Infection rate at record level in Scotland - and highest since Christmas in Wales

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The coronavirus infection rate has risen to the highest level ever recorded in Scotland - and the highest in Wales since Christmas.

About one in 45 people in Scotland had COVID-19 in the week to 3 September, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is equivalent to about 117,300 people, it said.

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The figure is up from one in 75 the previous week and is at its highest point since estimates began in October 2020.

The data reflects cases among people in private households rather than in other settings like care homes and hospitals.

In Wales, about one in 65 people - or 46,800 people - were estimated to have had COVID-19 in the week to 3 September, compared with one in 110 the week before.

The number is the highest it has been since the week to 23 December 2020.

Separate data from Public Health Wales shows there are now 522 cases for every 100,000 people in Wales - a higher rate than at the start of the year.

First Minister Mark Drakeford warned of rising hospital admissions, which are putting pressure on the NHS.

He said 100 people a day could need hospital treatment for coronavirus in the coming weeks if current trends continue.

In Northern Ireland, the latest infection rate is estimated at one in 60, or about 31,800 people, an increase from one in 65 the week before.

The most recent figure is one in 70 in England or about 754,600 people - the same as it was in the two previous weeks.

About one in 50 people were estimated to have the virus in England during the second wave's peak in early January.

The percentage of people testing positive is believed to have risen in the North East, stayed the same in London and the South East, and dropped in the North West.

The trajectory in other regions is not as clear, the ONS said.

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The percentage of people testing positive in England increased among children aged two to school year 11, as well as among those aged 35 to 49.

A greater proportion of those under the age of 24 were believed to be catching the virus.

The most recent results show that the Delta variant accounts for over 99% of infections.

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