According to data released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), coronavirus cases could start to rise in Northern Ireland and England due to the BA.1, BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants. .
The ONS said that in England the estimated number of people who tested positive for the virus was 797,500, equivalent to 1.46% of the population.
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In Northern Ireland, ONS data said there could be 27,700 people estimated to have been affected by the virus, equivalent to 1.51% of the population and in Scotland the number could be as high as 124 100 people tested positive for the virus which was equal to 2.36% of the total population.
The ONS said: “There were early signs of a possible increase in the percentage of people testing positive for the virus in England and Northern Ireland.”
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Britain is one of the worst-hit countries by the virus with more than 22 million coronavirus cases and more than 180,000 deaths since the pandemic first took hold in the country in March 2020.
The ONS said data showed virus cases were on the rise in the North West, South East and the capital London with ‘early signs of an increase in the East of England’ .
The report further added that coronavirus testing has declined in the West Midlands and South West, including East Midlands and Yorkshire.
The ONS also added that people aged between 35 and 49 had tested positive for the virus in the week ending June 2 and that there were “early signs of an increase in the number of people aged 12 to those aged 24”.
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