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

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

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.

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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, wi

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