COVID-19: Record 4.9 million people in the UK had coronavirus in the week to March 26, ONS says | british news

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Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that a record number of people in the UK are estimated to have COVID-19 in the week leading up to March 26.

It said an estimated 4.9 million people in the UK have had the virus, up from 4.3 million in the previous week.

In England, about one in 13 people probably tested positive for: COVID last week, or 4.1 million people – an increase of one in 16, or 3.5 million people, in the week to March 19.

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In Wales, the estimate has risen from 192,900 people, or one in 16, to 212,000 people, or one in 14.

Both England and Wales are now registering record contamination levels.

The latest data also shows that the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 has continued to rise in all regions of England.

The level of infection is highest in South West England, with an estimated one in 11 people having the virus last week, followed by South East England (one in 12) and London (one in 13).

The prevalence remains highest among children between the ages of two and the school year, with one in 11 likely to have had COVID-19 last week.

But infections are now at record levels among people ages 35 to 49, 50 to 69, and 70 and older.

The latest ONS data also shows that hospital admissions in England increased in the week ending March 27.

Hospital admissions increased in those 45 and older, but declined or remained similar in all other age groups, the data showed.

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Situation in Scotland and Northern Ireland is ‘uncertain’

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the ONS has said the trend is “uncertain” in positive cases.

It is estimated that about 451,200 people had the virus in Scotland last week, or about one in 12.

This is less than 473,800 people, or one in 11, in the week before.

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In Northern Ireland, 123,000 people likely had COVID-19 last week, or one in 15 people: an increase from 108,700, or one in 17 people.

Both countries are slightly below their recent record contamination levels.

England’s COVID R number drops

Despite the high number of recorded COVID infections, England’s R number has fallen to between 1.1 and 1.2, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

This means that for every 10 people infected, they infect between 11 and 12 other people on average.

Last week, the range was between 1.1 and 1.4.

Senior statistician for the US COVID-19 infection survey, Kara Steel, said the “rapid rise” in cases is fueled by the growth of the Omicron BA.2 variant in the UK.

“Infection levels remain high, with the highest levels recorded in our study in England and Wales and notable increases in older age groups,” she added.

The last digits come as the free COVID testing is coming to an end for most people in England.

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