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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights 9 February 2022

The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) increased in England in the two weeks up to 5 February 2022, but the trend was uncertain in the most recent week.

Trends were mixed in other UK nations, with the infection rate rising in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the week ending 5 February but falling in Wales.

The estimated number of people living in private households (not in hospitals, care homes and/or other communal establishments) that had COVID-19 in the most recent week was:

  • England – 2,824,700 people (1 in 19)

  • Wales – 121,200 people (1 in 25)

  • Northern Ireland – 145,600 people (1 in 13)

  • Scotland – 211,300 people (1 in 25)

Separate data show that at least two-thirds of children in the UK aged 8 years and above would have tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the specific virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19), in the week beginning 10 January.

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