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England’s Covid outbreak plunges to its lowest level in a YEAR as winter booster jab rollout ramps up
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- The ONS estimates that 770,800 people in England were infected every day of the week up to August 28
- Number marks a 14% drop from last week and is the lowest recorded since mid-September 2021
- Cases continue to fall in Wales, but pattern is uncertain in Scotland and Northern Ireland
Covid infections have fallen to their lowest level in nearly a year, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 770,800 people in England were carrying the virus on any given day of the week to August 28 – equivalent to one in 70 people.
The figure, which marks a 14 percent drop from the previous week, is the lowest recorded since mid-September 2021, when the number of infections fell to 660,000 ahead of a fall surge.
Case numbers also showed a declining trend in Wales (31,500), while numbers appeared to be rising in Scotland (104,000) and Northern Ireland (38,000), although the statisticians said the pattern was uncertain.
While cases have fallen across the country since mid-July, health leaders expect an increase in the autumn and winter months as people spend more time mixing in doors – which is known to fuel the spread of the virus.
To protect against the expected peak, the autumn booster campaign, targeting 26 million people across England, has today expanded to include the over-65s, carers and pregnant women.
NHS bosses renewed the call for those eligible to come forward, warning there is “no room for complacency” to keep the virus at bay.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 770,800 people in England were carrying the virus on any given day of the week to August 28 – equivalent to one in 70 people. The figure, which marks a 14 percent drop from the previous week, is the lowest recorded since mid-September 2021, when the number of infections fell to 660,000 ahead of a fall surge.
The ONS figures, based on swabs from thousands of people, suggest the number of cases has fallen by a third in Wales, where one in 95 was thought to be infected.
Meanwhile, cases rose 8.8 percent in Scotland (one in 50) and 6.1 percent in Northern Ireland (one in 50), the figures show.
In England, the proportion of people infected fell in all regions except the East Midlands, East of England and South East
Infection was lowest in Yorkshire and the Humber and West Midlands, where only 1.2 percent of people were infected. The number of cases was also below the national average in the northwest (1.3 percent), the southwest (1.4 percent) and the northeast (1.4 percent).
The East Midlands and South East (1.6 percent) registered the highest virus prevalence.
Cases also fell in all age groups, except for the 16-to-24 and over-70s cohorts.