The number of people testing positive has continued to fall in every UK nation

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The FINANCIAL — An estimated 1 in 220 people tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the community population in England during the week ending 27 February 2021, equating to 248,100 people, or 0.45% of the community population.

This is lower than the week ending 19 February 2021, when 373,700 people (0.69%) were estimated to have COVID-19 in England.

The estimated percentage of people in the community – those in private homes and excluding hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings – testing positive continued to decrease in every nation.

In Wales, an estimated 10,600 people (0.35% of the community population or 1 in 285 people) were estimated to have COVID-19 in the week ending 27 February 2021, down from 14,700 people (0.48%) in the week ending 19 February 2021.

In Northern Ireland, an estimated 5,700 people (0.31% of the community population or around 1 in 325 people) had COVID-19 in the week ending 26 February 2021, down from 9,500 people (0.52%) in the week ending 19 February 2021.

In Scotland, an estimated 15,600 people (0.30% of the community population or 1 in 335 people) had COVID-19 in the week ending 27 February 2021, down from 23,400 people (0.45%) in the week ending 19 February 2021.

In the week ending 27 February 2021, the percentage testing positive has continued to decrease in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Official reported estimates of the rate of COVID-19 infections in the community in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Modelled estimates are used to calculate the official reported estimate. The model smooths the series to understand the trend and is revised each week to incorporate new test results.

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