Covid infections rise in England and Wales

LONDON: The number of people who test positive for Covid-19 has increased in England and Wales for the first time in two months, official statistics showed on Friday.
Results are based on data for the week ending September 14 from the government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Based on its data, the ONS estimates that the number of people who test positive in England is 766,500 – equivalent to about one in 70 people – and in Wales at 39,700, or one in 75.
Last week’s survey found the infection rate to be one in 75 people in England and one in 110 people in Wales.
According to the long-term survey, both of these UK countries saw weekly gains for the week ending July 6, driven by Omicron Variants BA.4 and BA.5.
At the same time, the figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland also fell.
The results come from a survey in which a random sample of the population is scanned – whether they have symptoms or not.
Those examined do not include people living in care homes.
The researchers then modeled these results to estimate how much of the total population is currently infected.
Two sub-variables Omicron, BA.4 and B.A5, have partly driven the wave of new cases in Europe and the United States.

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