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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 5 February 2021

Today, we've published data on infection estimates, other health indicators and the latest findings from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which was used for an additional release this week on behaviours in different lockdown periods.

The main points include:

  • The percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK decreased but remained high in the week ending 30 January 2021.

  • Although infections and hospitalisations appear to be falling in England, deaths involving COVID-19 continued to increase in every English region in the week ending 22 January 2021. The South East saw the highest number of deaths in this period.

  • Homeworking levels are currently at their highest since June 2020, having increased sharply in the first week and again in the final week in January 2021 to 36%.

  • People are becoming less optimistic about when life will return to normal. In the week to 31 January 2021, just under 3 in 10 (29%) adults felt it would take more than a year for life to return to normal.

Read the ONS roundup