In the week ending July 24, the number of cases of the new coronavirus continued to rise in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Scotland, where the proportion of people who tested positive for the virus decreased, according to the Institute of Statistics, which indicates this. A possible slowdown of the epidemic in England.
From a population sample, the institute estimates that 856,200 people in England were infected that week, one in 65, the same as in Northern Ireland; In Scotland, 1 in 110 people have contracted the virus and in Wales 1 in 160 people.
These numbers contrast with new daily case records provided by British health authorities, which have baffled scientists and the government, in a period that blends the end of restrictions and the start of school holidays.
After an explosion of new cases since early summer due to the highly contagious delta variant, the UK recently recorded up to 60,000 new cases within 24 hours, but daily numbers of new infections fell before starting to rise again in recent days.
The number of hospitalizations is increasing (about 6,300 in the past seven days, an increase of 21%), as well as deaths (499 in the past seven days, an increase of almost 29%), a total of more than 129,000 deaths, making one of the most serious results in Europe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,202,179 people worldwide, among more than 196.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
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