‘Potential increase’ in UK Covid cases – follow live

‘Potential increase’ in UK Covid cases – follow live

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Cases of coronavirus in England look as though they are on the up, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

After dropping for five weeks in a row, the percentage of people testing positive showed “early signs of a potential increase”, the ONS said on Friday, with 49,000 people thought to have had a positive result in the week up to 15 May – up nearly 9,000 on the previous week’s estimate.

The picture for the whole UK was “mixed”, with data showing cases in Wales to have remained around the same as the previous week, a decrease in Scotland, and an uncertain trend in Northern Ireland. In England, Yorkshire and the Humber was the region with the highest proportion of people testing positive at one in 520, followed by the northeast, then the southeast.

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