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Covid-19 infections in the UK have continued to rise, the latest weekly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest.

Around 1.3million people are believed to have had Covid in the past week, an increase of around 25% on previous figures. This is the largest week-over-week percentage increase since early July, during the last wave of Omicron infections.

This represents about 2.1% of the population (about one in 50 people), compared to about one in 60 the previous week.

Covid infections rose in England and Northern Ireland, while the trend was uncertain in Wales and Scotland.

Chart summarizing coronavirus data in the UK.  Deaths recorded in data as of September 23 were 274. Total number of deaths recorded: 205,051. Estimated people with coronavirus data as of September 24: 1.3 million, or 1 in 50 people. Total number of admissions to the hospital over seven days to September 29: 6,898 against 4,989 the previous week.  Total number of people vaccinated with the first dose: 53813491. Latest daily figures on vaccines.  First dose: 735. Second dose: 2,404. Booster doses: 1,471.

In the UK, more than 200,000 people have Covid-19 on their death certificates, while around 190,000 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.

So far, the Covid vaccination program has reached more than nine in 10 people aged 12 and over with a first dose.

More than five million people, or around 22% of people aged 50 and over in England, have now received a booster vaccination in the autumn.

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Cases across the UK

The latest estimates on Covid infections for the week ending September 24 for England and Scotland, and September 26 for Wales and Northern Ireland, showed a 25% increase on to previous weekly figures, with around one in 50 people infected.

The increase was most pronounced in Northern Ireland, where infections rose to one in 40 people, from one in 80 the previous week.

Line chart showing estimated infections in the UK from the ONS infection survey, latest total 1.3million.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid has increased in all parts of England, according to the ONS.

All age groups in England from the age of 35 have seen an increase in infections over the past week. An increase has also been seen in children in England aged two to sixth grade. The trend was uncertain for the other age groups.

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Hospital numbers

As of September 29, government figures for the whole of the UK show 8,683 people with coronavirus were in hospital, up from 6,635 a week earlier. These are the latest figures available for all UK nations.

Chart showing patients hospitalized with coronavirus.  Shows peaks in April 2020 of 21,000. 39,000 in mid-January 2021. 20,000 in mid-January 2022 and 20,000 in early April 2022. On September 29 there were people hospitalized with coronavirus in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More recent figures for England show 9,631 people in hospital with coronavirus as of October 5, up from 7,024 the previous week.

Hospital admissions for coronavirus were around 1,300 a day as of October 3 in England, up from around 2,000 in early July.

The proportion of people treated for very serious infections requiring intensive care remains lower than at the start of the pandemic, as vaccinations continue to protect people against serious illnesses.

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Weekly Covid Deaths

In the week of September 23, there were 274 new Covid death registrations in the UK.

These include all deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even though the person had not been tested for the virus.

Chart showing weekly death records where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.  Shows peaks in April 2020 of 9553. 9056 at the end of January 2021. 1673 at the end of January 2022 and 1248 at the end of April 2022. The current weekly total is 274. Data through 23 Sep.
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More than 200,000 dead

When looking at the total number of coronavirus deaths, official figures count deaths in different ways, each giving a different number.

Chart showing three ways of measuring deaths in the UK.  Deaths within 28 days of a positive test result as of October 6, 2022, 190888. Death certificate lists Covid-19 Figures for the weeks of March 13, 2020 through September 16, 2022, 205051. Deaths above usual number since beginning of the epidemic Figures for the weeks of March 13, 2020 to September 16, 2022, 170115.

Government figures count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. This figure is over 190,000, although Scotland and Northern Ireland have stopped reporting this measure.

According to a tally of death certificates that mention Covid-19, the death toll from the virus has climbed to more than 205,000.

The third measure counts all deaths beyond the expected number since the start of the pandemic – that figure was around 170,000 as of September 16. We sometimes speak of excess deaths above the long-term average.

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Vaccine rollout continues

More than 53 million people, or around 94% of people aged 12 and over in the UK, have now received a first dose of the vaccine.

Graph showing the percentage of UK population vaccinated by dose.  First dose: 93.6.  Second dose: 88.3.  Booster dose: 70. Immunization data through September 11, booster data through September 4.

The number of people who have received a second dose of the vaccine exceeds 50 million, or 88% of people aged 12 and over.

So far, more than 40 million booster doses have been administered across the UK.

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To note: We have removed the search and interactive map that previously appeared on this page. This is due to a combination of reduced testing, changes to rules on when testing is done and changes to the data available in the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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