Number of people with Covid in the UK decreases

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People receive Covid-19 booster vaccinations at Midland House, Derby (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
People receive Covid-19 booster vaccinations at Midland House, Derby (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

Around one in 65 people in England had Covid-19 in the week to November 1 - down from one in 60 the previous week.

One in 65 is the equivalent of about 824,900 people.

The proportion of people who were estimated to have coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January was one in 50.

The data, which looks at private households, comes from latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Out of the regions, London had the lowest proportion of people testing positive for Covid-19 at around one in 80.

In the East Midlands, around one in 50 people was likely to test positive in the week to November 1, the highest proportion for any region.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have decreased in north-west England, south-west England, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, the ONS said.

In all other regions the trend was uncertain.

It comes as the Government announced that booster jabs are to be added to the NHS Covid pass for travel from Friday.

It means travellers will be able to prove they have had the extra jab when visiting other countries.

The move comes as a number of countries, including Croatia and Austria, have introduced a time limit for the validity of the coronavirus jab.

Boosters will not be added to the domestic Covid pass.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to show their vaccine status if they are travelling abroad.

“This update to the NHS Covid pass will mean people can have their complete medical picture at their fingertips if they are going on holiday or seeing loved ones overseas.”

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