UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers

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Coronavirus infections are continuing to decrease around the UK, latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

The figures, for the seven days up to 12 February, reveal fewer people are testing positive for the virus in the community than in recent weeks.

Experts warn that infection levels remain high however, with about 553,000 people found to have the virus.

The data is based on tests from people whether or not they had symptoms.

They suggest:

  • One in 115 people in England has the virus
  • In Northern Ireland, it is one in 105
  • In Wales, it is one in 125
  • In Scotland, it is one in 180

In England, there is some regional variation in the infection rate, although it is decreasing in all areas.

North-west England had the highest proportion of people of any region in England likely to test positive for coronavirus – at around one in 85 people.

For London the estimate was one in 100, and for the West Midlands it was one in 110.

Elsewhere, the estimates are:

  • one in 120 people for the East Midlands and for Yorkshire and the Humber
  • one in 125 people for eastern England
  • one in 135 for north-east England, south-east England and south-west England

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