Covid rate in UK has levelled off but remains high, ONS data shows

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About one in 55 in community in England had Covid last week, as positivity rate for UK appears to plateau

The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus has stopped falling, data has revealed, as government research suggested the UK could have as many as 160,000 excess deaths by the end of February.

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According to data published on Friday from the Office for National Statistics, which conducts a survey based on swabs from randomly selected households, about one in 55 people in the community in England had Covid in the week ending 23 January – the same proportion as was reported last week, down from one in 50 around the start of the year.

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