Covid-19 levels have fallen across the UK at rates similar to mid-October 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Friday with just over 421,000 cases in the community for the week ending 19 February.
The weekly ONS snshot said that one-in-145 people in England have the virus compared to one-in-115 the week before. In Northern Ireland it is one-in-95 compared to one-in-105 previously. In Wales it is one-in-205 from one-in-125 before, and in Scotland one-in-225 compared to one-in-180.
The ONS said these levels of infection in the community corresponded to the rates reported in mid-October, before the four nations of Britain tightened lockdown rules for the second time and before the more contagious mutant strain began to take hold in the south-east. England.
The agency also said on Friday that the R number – the average number of secondary infections produced by a single infected person – was between 0.6 and 0.9 for the week ending February 19, indicating that Covid 19 prices fell.
The ONS results are based on tests from people, whether they had symptoms or not, and do not include people staying in hospitals, nursing homes and / or other institutional settings.
So far, the UK has reported more than 122,000 deaths among humans within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus and around 4.15 million cases of infection. To date, more than 18.6 million people have been shown a first dose of one of three vaccines for use in the UK, and more than 700,000 have received another.
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