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COVID UPDATE: The latest coronavirus news

COVID UPDATE: The latest coronavirus news


Here are some of the latest statistics for coronavirus in England.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in north-west England and decreased in the West Midlands and the East of England, the ONS said.

The trend for all other regions is uncertain.

North-east England and Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of people of any region likely to test positive for coronavirus in the week to September 11: around one in 60.

Eastern England had the lowest estimate: around one in 120.

When modelling the level of Covid-19 infections among different age ranges in England, the ONS said rates have increased for those in school years 7 to 11 and in those aged over 50 years, although the over 70s continue to have the lowest rates at one in 150.

The trend for all other age groups is uncertain.

Around one in 35 people from school years 7 to 11 are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to September 11 – the highest positivity rate for any age group.

Around one in 80 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to September 11, down from one in 70 the previous week, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

One in 80 is the equivalent of about 697,100 people.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people in England were estimated to have coronavirus.

The Government said a further 178 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday 17 September, bringing the UK total to 134,983.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 159,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am on Friday, there had been a further 32,651 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

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