Figures show where Covid is now worst in England and Wales

The highest regional Covid-19 infection rates remain in north-west England and Yorkshire & the Humber, the ONS said.

The rates are estimated to have increased in all regions over recent weeks, except north-east England where they “appear to have levelled off”.

The lowest rates continue to be in south-east England, south-west England and eastern England.

In Wales, an estimated 27,100 people in private households had Covid-19 between October 25 and 31 – the equivalent of 0.89% of the population.

This is up slightly from an estimated 26,100 people for the period October 17 to 23, or 0.86% of the population.

The ONS said that its modelling suggests the number of Covid-19 cases in Wales has “increased in recent weeks, but the rate of increase is now less steep compared with previous weeks.”

When modelling the level of infection among different age groups, the ONS said older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest positivity rates, though rates “now appear to be levelling off” in this group.

All other age groups have seen an increase in rates over recent weeks, the ONS added.

An estimated 618,700 people in private households in England had Covid-19 between October 25 and 31, the ONS said.

This is the equivalent of around 1.13% of the population.

The figures represent a jump from 568,100 people, or 1.04% of the population, who were estimated to have Covid-19 in the period October 17 to 23.

The ONS said that while the infection rate has increased in recent weeks, “the rate of increase is less steep compared with previous weeks”.

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There were an average of 45,700 new cases per day of Covid-19 in private households in England between October 25 and 31, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is down from an estimated 51,900 new cases per day for the period from October 17 to 23.

The ONS said the rate of new infections “appears to have stabilised in recent weeks at around 50,000 new infections per day”.

The figures do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

More than 64,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.

A total of 61,498 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK’s statistics agencies.

This includes 1,053 deaths in Northern Ireland up to October 30 (and registered up to November 4), which were confirmed by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on Friday.

Since these statistics were compiled, a further 2,442 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 24 in Scotland, 163 in Wales and 43 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Together, these totals mean that so far 64,170 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.

The Zoe Covid Symptom Study app, run by King’s College London, suggests there were 42,049 daily new symptomatic cases of Covid-19 in the UK on average over the two weeks to November 1 (excluding care homes).

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Researchers behind the study said the UK reproductive value – the R rate – is currently 1.0, and 1.0 in England.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s, said daily cases are falling in the North of England and Scotland, and cases overall are moving in the “right direction”.

He said they are a “positive sign that we have passed the peak of this second wave”, adding: “We urge everyone to respect the restrictions and help get the number of cases down as soon as possible to help the NHS, end the lockdown and get us in good shape for December.”

Ruth Studley, head of analysis for the Covid-19 infection survey, said: “At a national level we are seeing infections slow across England and Wales but they are still increasing.

“Within England, every region apart from the North East has shown increased levels of infection.

“The level of infection in young adults and older teenagers appears to have levelled off recently.

“However, they continue to be the most likely to be infected despite increases in all other age groups.”

When looking at new daily infections, the ONS said the rate across England appears to have “stabilised”.