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One in 40 people in north have Covid-19

Figures show one in 40 people in Northern Ireland have Covid-19
Ian Jones, PA

ONE in 40 people in Northern Ireland have Covid-19, new figures show.

Statistics released yesterday reveal that infections in the north have increased, with the latest estimate for infections at 46,100 - or one in 40 people - up from 23,100, or one in 80.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also revealed a 25 per cent jump in coronavirus infections in the UK to the highest level since mid-August, though not all regions are experiencing a rise.

While Northern Ireland and England have both seen a increase, the trend in Scotland and Wales is uncertain.

Some 1.3 million people in private households across the UK are likely to have tested positive for coronavirus in the week to September 26 - up from 1.1 million in the previous week. It is the highest UK-wide total since the week to August 16, but still some way below the 3.8 million weekly infections in early July, at the peak of the wave caused by the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants.

There is a lag in the reporting of the ONS data, due to the time it takes for the survey to be compiled.

In England, the number of people testing positive was 1.1 million, or around one in 50 - up from 857,400, or one in 65, in the previous week. This is the first time the figure for England has been above one million since the week to August 16.

In Scotland, 113,000 people were likely to have had Covid-19 - or around one in 45 - compared with 117,100 in the previous week, which is also one in 45.

In Wales, the latest estimate is 63,400 - or one in 50 - compared with 62,900, also one in 50.

Hospital admissions in England are also rising, with rates highest among over-85s at 132.3 per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 2 - up sharply week-on-week from 80.1.

Scotland and Wales are both seeing an increase in Covid-19 patients, while in Northern Ireland the recent fall in numbers has levelled off.

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