One in every 15 people in England had covid-19 in last week of 2021

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The Office for National Statistics said 1 in 15 people across England tested positive for covid-19 in the week ending December 31, 2021.

According to the report released by the Office on Wednesday, the report shows infection went up from 1 in 25 the week before.

This is around 3,270,800 people, with London having the highest percentage of cases at a rate of 1 in 10, according to the data.

In a statement released online, the ONS said, “There were some early signs in the last few days of 2021 that infections may no longer be increasing in London, but it is currently too early to suggest if this is a continuing change in trend.”

Infections increased “rapidly” across the UK, with Omicron as the dominant variant, according to the ONS. Scotland and Wales recorded 1 in 20 people with Covid-19 and Northern Ireland recorded 1 in 25.  

The statistics account for infections occurring in private households and exclude infections reported in hospitals, care homes and other communal establishments.

Meanwhile the French government said it would widen the list of compelling reasons required for travel between the UK and France, easing travel between the two countries.

The spokesperson of the French government, Gabriel Attal told journalists on Wednesday.

While travelers cannot go for merely tourist reasons, the new development would impact professional travel across the Channel, Attal said. 

He added that the Defense Council had agreed to discuss a wider loosening of border restrictions with the UK at the council’s next meeting. Those meetings are typically held weekly.

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