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COVID infection rates fall in all home nations apart from Northern Ireland – ONS study

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Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in all home nations apart from Northern Ireland, according to the latest estimates.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 31 July, approximately one in 75 people in private households in England (722,300 positive cases) were estimated to have had COVID-19.

This compares with one in 65 people (865,200) the previous week.

In Scotland, the latest figure was one in 120 (43,000 infections), compared with one in 110 (49,500) the week before.

In Wales, one in 230 people (13,000 cases) were estimated to have had coronavirus in the last week of July, while it was one in 160 (18,800) in the previous seven days.

In contrast, in Northern Ireland, infection rates have risen, with one in 55 people (34,400) thought to have had COVID, compared with one in 65 (27,200) a week earlier.

The ONS Infection Survey tests tens of thousands of people in private households around the country to produce its estimates.