Covid-19 infections rise in England and Wales for first time since early July

Covid-19 infections in England and Wales have risen for the first time in two months, new figures show. The increase means the total number of infections in the UK has

also gone up – though levels are estimated to have fallen in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Some 927,900 people in private households in the UK are likely to have tested

positive for coronavirus in the week ending September 14, up 5% from 881,200 in the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The increase brings

to an end a steady fall in UK-wide infections since early July, when the total hit 3.8 million at the peak of the wave caused by the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the

virus. The latest data from the #COVID19 Infection Survey show: ▪️ infections increased in England and Wales ▪️ infections decreased in Northern Ireland and

Scotland ➡️— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) September 23, 2022 The figures come as the number of people

in hospital with Covid-19 is showing early signs of a rise. Sarah Crofts, deputy director for the ONS Covid-19 infection survey, said: “Today’s data show a mixed picture

across the UK, with increases in England and Wales while infections in Scotland and Northern Ireland have decreased. “It is too early to see if these changing trends will

continue, and we will monitor the data closely to see any impact of the return of schools over the coming weeks.” In England, the percentage of people testing positive for

coronavirus in the week to September 14 was 766,500, or around one in 70 – up from 705,800, or one in 75, in the seven days to September 5.