The number of coronary heart disease infections in England appears to have dropped in recent weeks, according to the National Statistics Office (ONS).
The ONS is added daily COVID-19 Infections increased by 38,900 in the last week to November 14, from about 50,000 last week.
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They said in a statement: “The incidence rate appears to have decreased in recent weeks.”
However, its overall prevalence coronavirus infections increased to one in 80 people from one in 85 last week.
The data also showed that there were “significant differences” in COVID-19 infection rates across the UK, with increases in London, the east of England and the South East.
Data from November 8 to 14 also showed that there were increasing rates of coronavirus in primary school children.
The ONS said: “Last week, infection rates continued to rise in London, the East of England and the South East, but rates now appear to be falling in the North West and East Midlands.
“The highest rates of COVID-19 infection remain in the northwest and in Yorkshire and Humber.”
ONS case estimates are based on 665,759 smear tests on people’s homes in England over the past six weeks, regardless of whether people have symptoms.
He added that the highest rates of infection were in secondary school children, older adolescents and young adults, and that rates continue to rise in primary school children.
Meanwhile, infection rates appeared to be declining in people aged 25 and over.
Katherine Kent, head of analysis for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, said:
“While the highest levels of infection remain in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber, rates are now falling in the North West and East Midlands and rising in London, the east of England and the South East.
“The new increases appear to be due to infections in younger people, with increasing levels in primary school children.
“Elsewhere in the UK, we see a similar picture with growing infections throughout October, which are now declining in Wales and Northern Ireland and balancing in Scotland.”
The ONS said there were an average of 38,900 new cases of COVID-19 a day in private households in England between November 8 and 14.
This is estimated at around 47,700 new cases per day for the period from October 31 to November 6.
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The figures do not include people living in hospitals, care centers or other institutions.
Meanwhile, data from the Zoe app coronavirus study conducted by King’s College London show that the number of breeds in the UK – the R value – is around 1.
R represents the average number of people who infect someone with a coronavirus.
The Zoe team put the R in England at 1.0 and the 0.9 in Wales and Scotland.
But he said that “worryingly, the East of England and especially the Midlands are seeing both numbers rise by Rs 1.1 and 1 respectively”.
Meanwhile, the Northwest and Northeast and Yorkshire both have R values of 0.9 as assumptions decline.
In the South East, London and South West, cases are not declining, the researchers said, and R is 1.
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