England's COVID-19 prevalence plateaus at 1 in 75, estimate shows

London, United Kingdom | Sat, August 14, 2021

Last week, the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England remained steady at roughly 1 in 75 adults, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the United Kingdom. Based on home samples, the ONS said the percentage of people testing positive for the virus in England was “high,” while modeling suggested a downward trend may be underway.

COVID-19 prevalence peaked in England in the week leading up to July 24, with an estimated 1 in 65 people infected.

The most recent data on prevalence in the United Kingdom revealed a mixed picture. COVID-19 was projected to be present in 1 in 55 people in Northern Ireland last week, 1 in 190 in Scotland, and 1 in 220 in Wales, according to the ONS.

Because of the widespread use of vaccinations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government decided to ease COVID-19 limitations in England, claiming that it had mostly broken the relationship between infections and subsequent hospitalization and mortality.

More over three-quarters of British adults have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, and 89 percent have had at least one.

Within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, 130,701 people died in the United Kingdom, the second-highest figure in Europe after Russia and one of the highest in the world.

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