UK COVID-19 cases rise by almost a third | UK News
COVID-19 infections in the UK have risen by almost a third in just one week, according to the latest official estimates.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in the week ending October 3, the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus was 1.7 million.
That’s up 31% from 1.3 million the previous week – the biggest rise since June.
COVID-19[feminine] cases have increased in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the trend is uncertain in Scotland, the ONS said.
There has also been “another noticeable increase” in infections among older age groups, who experience the highest hospital admission rates.
The figures were released on the day everyone in England aged 50 and over can now make an appointment to receive a further booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
The UK-wide total is the highest since late July, but remains well below the 3.8 million weekly infections seen earlier this month.
There is a delay in reporting data from the ONS due to the time taken to compile the survey.
More recent figures show the number of people in hospital testing positive for coronavirus is still on a clear upward trend, although there are signs the rate of increase may have slowed in recent days.
Sarah Crofts, ONS Deputy Director for the COVID-19 Infection Investigation, said: “Infections have risen again across much of the UK, continuing the pattern of steady increases seen in recent weeks, although Scotland and the North East of England had uncertain trends in the past week.
“We have also seen another notable rise in infections among older age groups in England and Wales, again underscoring the need for close monitoring as we move through the colder months.”
In England, the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus in the latest survey was 1.5 million, or around one in 35 people – up from 1.1 million, or one in 50, the previous week.
Wales has also seen a rise, where the latest estimate of infections is 74,900, or one in 40 people, up from 63,400, or one in 50.
The trend in Scotland is described by the ONS as “uncertain”, with 109,700 people likely to have COVID-19 in the latest survey, or one in 50, compared to 113,000 in the previous survey, or one in 45 .
In Northern Ireland, the latest estimate is 45,100 infections, or one in 40 people, compared to 46,100, which is also one in 40 – although the longer-term trend shows an increase.