London records most Covid infections as UK tops 1.4m cases in a week

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London records most Covid infections as UK tops 1.4m cases in a week

An estimated 1.4 million people in the UK had Covid-19 in the week ending December 16, the highest number since the pandemic began, the Office for National Statistics said.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the latest week is estimated to have increased in all regions of England except the north-east, south-west and West Midlands, where the trend is uncertain, the ONS said.

In London, around one in 30 people was likely to test positive in the week to December 16 - the highest proportion for any region.

In total, this means around one in 45 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to December 16, up from one in 60 the previous week.

The ONS modelling, based on nose and throat swabs, found that the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England increased in most age groups.

The exceptions were those in school year 7 to school year 11 group and those aged 70 years and older group, where their trends were uncertain.

Young children were the likeliest to have tested positive during that week, said the ONS as the highest percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 was in those aged two to school Year 6 at 5.90%.

However, the body said that recent analysis on Omicron suggested that positive cases among school age children are “much less likely to be compatible with Omicron than positive cases among adults.”

Positivity in school age children is still primarily driven by infections with Delta, it said.

In Scotland, where new restrictions on large gatherings are set to come into force, Covid rates also increased during that week, with around one in 80 people testing positive.

The trend in Wales and Northern Ireland was less clear, where 1 in 55 and 1 in 50 people respectively were thought to be living with Covid in that week.

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