Infections decrease in England but remain high across UK

Infections have increased among children aged 2 years to school Year 11 in England

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The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to begin vaccinating its citizens with a Covid-19 shot outside of clinical trials -- a landmark moment in the coronavirus pandemic.

Overall coronavirus (COVID-19) infections decreased in England for the first time in several weeks, but have increased among children aged 2 years to school Year 11.

The trend for the latest week, ending 18 September 2021, was uncertain for those aged 50 to 69 years but positivity rates decreased in all other age groups.

Overall, rates still remain high across the UK.

Infections have increased among children aged 2 years to school Year 11 in England

Estimated daily percentage of the population testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on nose and throat swabs by age group, England, 8 August 2021 to 18 September 2021

In Wales and Northern Ireland, the trend for overall COVID-19 infections in the latest week was uncertain while in Scotland, the positivity rate appeared level.

The estimated percentage of the community population (those not in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings) that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:

1.14% in England (1 in 90 people), compared with 1.28% in England (1 in 80 people) the week before
1.67% in Wales (1 in 60 people), compared with 1.62% in Wales (1 in 60 people) the week before
1.65% in Northern Ireland (1 in 60 people), compared with 1.36% in Northern Ireland (1 in 75 people) the week before
2.28% in Scotland (1 in 45 people), compared with 2.29% in Scotland (1 in 45 people) the week before
In England, the percentage of people testing positive continued to fluctuate across regions in the week ending 18 September 2021.

The positivity rate continued to increase in the North West and decreased in Yorkshire and The Humber, London and the South East. Trends were uncertain in all other English regions.

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