Covid-19 infections fall across UK for second straight week

Covid-19 infections fall across UK for second straight week
Covid-19 infections fall across UK for second straight week

Levels of COVID-19 have fallen across the UK for the second week in a row, new figures show.

The number of hospitals also continues to decline, according to new evidence, the latest wave of the virus has peaked.

In Northern Ireland, the latest estimate of coronavirus infections is 34,200 – or one in 55 people – down from 39,900, or one in 45.

England has the lowest prevalence of the virus of the UK’s four countries, while in Scotland infections have fallen to 97,500, or one in 55 people, from 107,300, or one in 50.

In Wales, 56,000 people were likely to have Covid-19 in the latest survey, the equivalent of one in 55 people, compared to 72,400, or one in 40.

Health experts hailed the fall booster vaccination program as helping to reduce infections – although nearly a quarter of over-70s have yet to receive a new vaccine.

The total number of people in private households in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus stood at 1.1million in the week to November 8, down 27% from 1.5million the week previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The recent surge appears to have peaked at just over two million infections in mid-October, well below the peaks seen earlier in the year when infections reached nearly four million in July and nearly five million in March.

The ONS’ Sarah Crofts said: “Although it may be too early to say the recent wave of infections is behind us, we have seen a decrease across the UK for a second week ”.

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