May 27, 2022

Covid infections continue to decline in UK

Coronavirus infections in the UK continue to fall, with one in 60 people now affected, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics. In the week to 21 May, infections fell in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but changed little in Scotland. In some English regions, including the West Midlands, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the South East, it's not clear if infections are rising or falling. The ONS figures are an estimate, based on testing thousands of people at random in households across the UK.They provide the most accurate picture of Covid infection since free testing for the public came to an end in England and Scotland. Sarah Crofts, from the ONS's Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: "Overall infections continue in the right direction across much of the UK, falling to below a million people infected in England for the first time since early December."While Scotland and some regions of England saw an uncertain trend in the most recent week, it is too early to say if these uncertain trends mark the end of recent declines, and we will continue to carefully monitor the data.

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