UK’s Covid cases continue to fall but deaths climb again

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A Covid-19 testing centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA) (PA Wire)
A Covid-19 testing centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA) (PA Wire)

The number of Covid cases continue to fall with 32,651 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.

That brings the total for the last seven days to 206,332 - a fall of 23% week on week.

But the official UK government figures show the number of deaths continues to rise with 178 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

This brings the weekly total to 995 - 48 more than the week before.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests Scotland continues to have the highest level of coronavirus cases in the UK.

Their figures estimate around one in 45 people had Covid-19 in the week to September 11, the second week in a row it has been at the highest level since estimates began for Scotland in last October.

This is the equivalent of around 120,800 people, the ONS said.

While the percentage of people testing positive had increased slightly (from 2.23% to 2.29%) in the week ending September 11, the rate of increase had slowed, the ONS said.

All figures are for people living in private households and exclude hospitals and care homes.

The data also showed around one in 80 people in England had Covid-19 in the week to September 11, down from one in 70 the previous week.

One in 80 in England is the equivalent of about 697,100 people.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people in England were estimated to have coronavirus.

Meanwhile, in Wales, around one in 60 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to September 11, up from one in 65 in the previous week.

In Northern Ireland, the latest estimate is one in 75, down from one in 60 in the previous week.

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