UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers

 UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers

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Coronavirus infections are continuing to decrease around the UK, Office for National Statistics data shows.

The figures, for the seven days up to 12 February, reveal fewer people are testing positive for the virus in the community than in recent weeks.

Experts warn that infection levels remain high however, with about 553,000 people found to have the virus.

And another 533 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

It brings the UK total to 119,920.

Daily figures show there were a further 12,027 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the UK on Friday.

More than 16.8 million people have had their first COVID vaccine dose, while 589,591 have had a second jab, bringing the total number of shots since the rollout began to nearly 17.5m.

The latest R number, estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.9, also suggests infection numbers are shrinking. It means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 6 and 9 other people.

Other studies of infection rates have shown a similar “strong” decline.

The ONS results, based on tests from people whether or not they had symptoms, suggest:

  • One in 115 people in England has the virus (compared to one in 80 the week before)
  • In Northern Ireland, it is one in 105 (compared to one in 75 previously)
  • In Wales, it is one in 125 (compared to one in 85 before)
  • In Scotland, it is one in 180 (compared to one in 150)

In England, there is some regional variation in the infection rate, although it is decreasing in all areas.

North-west England had the highest proportion of people of any region in England likely to test positive for coronavirus – at around one in 85 people.

For London the

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