Covid cases remain high across the UK with 1 in 70 testing positive in England

By Aletha Adu

Covid cases remain high across the UK as 1 in 70 people are testing positive in England.

A weekly survey from the Office of National Statistics estimates around 754,600 people in England had coronavirus, which has not changed since the week to August 20.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around 1 in 50 people in England had coronavirus.

In Scotland, covid cases have really surged to around 1 in 45 people, which equates to around 117,300 people.

Cases in the nation have more than doubled from the previous week, when cases were estimated to be around 1 in 140 people.

It comes after the director of the Oxford vaccine group said the UK is not currently seeing any major lapse in the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines.

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, whose team developed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, said he believes the priority should be to donate vaccines to countries where people are still awaiting a first dose.

Covid cases have remained the same in England (PA)

Today's infection survey follows the release of Government figures which show the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital in the UK has risen above 8,000 to reach the highest level for nearly six months.

A total of 8,085 patients were in hospital on September 8, according to the latest Government figures.

This is up 6% from the previous week, and is the highest since March 10.

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