Current track

Title

Artist

Current show

The Saturday Selection

11:00 am 2:00 pm

Current show

The Saturday Selection

11:00 am 2:00 pm


Sharp rise in number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in South – ONS

Written by on 18 December 2020

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased across much of the UK, according to the latest official numbers.

England, Wales and Scotland saw a rise in the percentage of the population with the virus in the week of 6-12 December. Numbers in Northern Ireland no longer appear to be decreasing.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that one in 95 people in England tested positive – an estimated 567,300.

Live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world

This is a rise from 481,500 people – or one in 115 – on the previous week.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics do not include people in hospitals, care home or other institutional settings.

The ONS said positivity rates had “increased sharply” in London, with a rise also seen in the East Midlands, the east and the south east of England.

More from UK

Data also showed rates had increased in all age groups except young adults (school year 12 to age 24) and 50 to 69-year-olds.

Long COVID: The after-effects of the virus

ANALYSIS: With rates this high, hospital admissions will go up in the New Year
By Thomas Moore, science correspondent

We are experiencing an astonishing surge in COVID infections.

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows the virus swiftly started spreading as lockdown was eased in almost every region.

But south of a line roughly between Bristol and Norwich cases have soared.

London and the East Midlands saw infection rates rise by 40% in just one week after restrictions were eased at the start of December.

The South East and East of England saw smaller rises.

Asymptomatic testing at a test centre in Edinburgh
Image:
The number of young people testing positive has remained similar to last week

The North West and Yorkshire, which were the hotspots before lockdown, have continued their downward trajectory.

Looking at age groups the highest infection rates continue to be in secondary school age pupils, though the rise may be slowing.

This data is from the 6 to 12 December. Daily figures from Public Health England suggest the situation has got even worse in the last week – though they don’t include asymptomatic cases, as the ONS data does.

It’s people who carry the virus, but don’t show symptoms, who are the real peril of the Christmas get-together.

Many people will be seeing elderly relatives, and with infection rates as high this hospital admissions will surely rise in the New Year.