Covid cases rise by another 8% in a week as virus continues its winter ... trends now

Covid cases rise by another 8% in a week as virus continues its winter ... trends now
Covid cases rise by another 8% in a week as virus continues its winter ... trends now

Covid cases rise by another 8% in a week as virus continues its winter ... trends now

England's Covid cases are continuing to rise, official data showed today amid fears of a triple-threat of the virus, flu and RSV slamming the struggling NHS this winter.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) experts estimate 941,700 people were infected with the virus on any given day in the week up to November 26.

It means around one in 60 people had the virus during the week. The figure was up by another 8 per cent on the week before and marked the second week in a row cases have ticked upwards. 

Infections also increased in Northern Ireland — for the first time in a month — although it is not clear if they are rising in Scotland or Wales.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) experts estimate 941,700 people were infected with Covid on any given day in the week up to November 26 in England

Office for National Statistics (ONS) experts estimate 941,700 people were infected with Covid on any given day in the week up to November 26 in England

Infections also increased in Northern Ireland — for the first time in a month — although it is not clear if they are rising in Scotland or Wales

Infections also increased in Northern Ireland — for the first time in a month — although it is not clear if they are rising in Scotland or Wales

Covid was most prevalent  in people aged 11 to 24 in England, with 2.2 per cent of the age group infected with the virus in the week up to October 26.

Covid was most prevalent  in people aged 11 to 24 in England, with 2.2 per cent of the age group infected with the virus in the week up to October 26.

London and Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest prevalence, with 1.9 per cent of residents infected during the week

London and Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest prevalence, with 1.9 per cent of residents infected during the week

Michelle Bowen, head of health surveillance dissemination and strategy at the ONS, said officials will pay close attention to cases over the coming months.

She said: 'Infections have continued to increase across England, increased in Northern Ireland for the first time in a month and the trend in all other UK countries is now uncertain.

'Across English regions and ages, it is a mixed picture of uncertainty and increases in infection rates, and we will continue to monitor the data carefully over the winter months.'

The ONS data show infections rose to 36,700 in Northern Ireland in the week up to November 23. It was up 27 per cent on the 28,900 recorded a week before.

Infections increased 10 per cent to 43,400 in Wales and fell 3 per cent to 88,500 in Scotland in the week up to November 24.

Covid was most prevalent in people aged 11 to 24 in England, with 2.2 per cent of

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