Covid infection rates in England plunge by another fifth

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The Covid wave in England over the summer continues to collapse, with the number of infections across the country falling by a fifth, official data showed today.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 2.1 million people became infected on any given day of the week to July 26, 20 percent less than the 2.6 million the week before.

It is the second week in a row that cases have fallen in what appears to be the end of the wave caused by the BA.5 Omicron sub-variant.

Experts praised the ‘continued declines across all regions and age groups in England’, while the number of infections also fell in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Infections peaked at about 3.1 million in mid-July, prompting calls from some experts to bring back face masks, mix them outside and test for free.

But they are now declining rapidly thanks to the immunity provided by booster vaccines and the recent spate of cases, with one in 25 people now afflicted with the virus.

The ONS statistics show that the number of cases in Scotland fell by 4.1 percent last week from 272,000 to 260,800, with about one in 20 people infected.  Infections fell by 30 per cent to 108,800 in Wales - one in 30 - and 3.1 per cent to 109,800 in Northern Ireland - one in 17

The ONS statistics show that the number of cases in Scotland fell by 4.1 percent last week from 272,000 to 260,800, with about one in 20 people infected.  Infections fell by 30 per cent to 108,800 in Wales - one in 30 - and 3.1 per cent to 109,800 in Northern Ireland - one in 17

The ONS statistics show that the number of cases in Scotland fell by 4.1 percent last week from 272,000 to 260,800, with about one in 20 people infected. Infections fell by 30 per cent to 108,800 in Wales – one in 30 – and 3.1 per cent to 109,800 in Northern Ireland – one in 17

They are also falling in every region of England, with the North West seeing the biggest drop at 34.1 percent.  It was followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (33.8 per cent), the West Midlands (28.1 per cent) and the North East 22.6 per cent).  Covid remains most prevalent in London, with 4.1 percent of people in the capital infected at some point, but rates fell 15 percent over the week

They are also falling in every region of England, with the North West seeing the biggest drop at 34.1 percent.  It was followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (33.8 per cent), the West Midlands (28.1 per cent) and the North East 22.6 per cent).  Covid remains most prevalent in London, with 4.1 percent of people in the capital infected at some point, but rates fell 15 percent over the week

They are also falling in every region of England, with the North West seeing the biggest drop at 34.1 percent. It was followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (33.8 per cent), the West Midlands (28.1 per cent) and the North East 22.6 per cent). Covid remains most prevalent in London, with 4.1 percent of people in the capital infected at some point, but rates fell 15 percent over the week

Meanwhile, infections in every age group are also declining, with the sharpest drop (48.9 percent) among high school students, who are currently on summer vacation.  The next largest drop occurred in people aged 16 to 24 (44.0 percent), two to six year olds (39.1 percent), and 35 to 49 year olds (36.5 percent)

Meanwhile, infections in every age group are also declining, with the sharpest drop (48.9 percent) among high school students, who are currently on summer vacation.  The next largest drop occurred in people aged 16 to 24 (44.0 percent), two to six year olds (39.1 percent), and 35 to 49 year olds (36.5 percent)

Meanwhile, infections in every age group are also declining, with the sharpest drop (48.9 percent) among high school students, who are currently on summer vacation. The next largest drop occurred in people aged 16 to 24 (44.0 percent), two to six year olds (39.1 percent), and 35 to 49 year olds (36.5 percent)

Long Covid is more common among unemployed people who are not looking for work

Long Covid is more common among people who are unemployed and not looking for work, figures suggest.

The latest official estimates, based on self-reports, indicate that one in 20 economically ‘inactive’ people has the condition, not counting students and retirees.

Meanwhile, the rate is believed to be about one in 30 for people in paid employment, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) through July.

The agency estimates that about one in 34 retirees and one in 60 college students had long-term Covid, based on a random sample of households surveyed last month.

Rates of the condition have more than doubled in the past year among the economically inactive and retirees, for reasons unclear.

Overall, it was estimated that 1.8 million Britons had Covid for a long time – defined as people with persistent symptoms four weeks after a Covid infection.

It was the second month in a row that rates of the poorly understood condition fell, after rising in line with infections during the pandemic.

dr. Rhiannon Yapp, co-lead for the US Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: ‘Our most recent data suggest that infection rates have continued to decline in much of the UK, although rates still remain high.

‘We are seeing a continued decline in all regions and age groups in England. With the summer holidays and more people traveling, we will continue to monitor the data closely.’

The ONS statistics show that the number of cases in Scotland fell by 4.1 percent last week from 272,000 to 260,800, with about one in 20 people infected.

The number of infections fell by 30 per cent to 108,800 in Wales – one in 30 – and 3.1 per cent to 109,800 in Northern Ireland – one in 17.

They are also falling in every region of England, with the North West seeing the biggest drop at 34.1 percent.

It was followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (33.8 per cent), the West Midlands (28.1 per cent) and the North East 22.6 per cent).

Covid remains most prevalent in London, with 4.1 percent of people in the capital infected at some point, but rates fell 15 percent over the week.

Meanwhile, infections in every age group are also declining, with the sharpest drop (48.9 percent) among high school students, who are currently on summer vacation.

The next largest drop occurred in people ages 16 to 24 (44.0 percent), two to six year olds (39.1 percent), and 35 to 49 year olds (36.5 percent).

It comes after separate data today showed that Covid has long been more common among people who are unemployed and not looking for work.

The latest official estimates, based on self-reports, indicate that one in 20 economically ‘inactive’ people has the condition, not counting students and retirees.

Meanwhile, the rate is estimated to be about one in 30 for those in paid work, according to various ONS figures through July.

The agency estimates that about one in 34 retirees and one in 60 college students had long-term Covid, based on a random sample of households surveyed last month.

Rates of the condition have more than doubled in the past year among the economically inactive and retirees, for reasons unclear.

Overall, it was estimated that 1.8 million Britons had Covid for a long time – defined as people with persistent symptoms four weeks after a Covid infection.

It was the second month in a row that rates of the poorly understood condition fell, after rising in line with infections during the pandemic.

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