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Every week, estimates of positivity rates and incidence are published in Office for National Statistics bulletins - summarised below.

Information on the data collection method change from study worker home visit to remote data collection

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Representativeness

Weekly swab positivity updates - 2020

Weekly swab positivity updates - Jan-Jun 2021

Weekly swab positivity updates - Jul-Dec 2021

Weekly swab positivity updates - Jan-Jul 2022

Weekly swab positivity updates - Aug-Dec 2022

 

27 January 2023 - weekly update

The following points are for the week ending 17 January 2023 for England, Wales and Scotland, and 14 January 2023 for Northern Ireland.

  • The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to decrease in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
  • In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 906,300 (95% credible interval: 853,200 to 963,000), equating to 1.62% of the population (a decrease from 2.61% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 60 people.
  • In Wales, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 57,100 (95% credible interval: 45,600 to 69,700), equating to 1.85% of the population (a decrease from 3.94% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 55 people.
  • In Northern Ireland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 56,500 (95% credible interval: 45,800 to 68,500), equating to 3.08% of the population (a decrease from 4.22% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 30 people.
  • In Scotland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 92,400 (95% credible interval: 77,200 to 109,100), equating to 1.76% of the population (a decrease from 3.26% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 55 people.

20 January 2023 - weekly update 

The following points are for the week ending 10 January 2023.

  • The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to decrease in England and Wales, and decreased in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  • In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 1,461,900 (95% credible interval: 1,394,000 to 1,529,700), equating to 2.61% of the population (a decrease from 4.02% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 40 people.

  • In Wales, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 121,600 (95% credible interval: 103,200 to 140,900), equating to 3.94% of the population (a decrease from 5.16% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 25 people.

  • In Northern Ireland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 77,300 (95% credible interval: 63,400 to 92,300), equating to 4.22% of the population (a decrease from 7.04% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 25 people.

  • In Scotland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 171,500 (95% credible interval: 147,700 to 197,000), equating to 3.26% of the population (a decrease from 4.17% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 30 people.

13 January 2023 - weekly update

The following points are for the week ending 3 January 2023 for England and Wales, and the week ending 31 December 2022 for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  • The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) decreased in England and Wales, continued to increase in Scotland, and the trend was uncertain in Northern Ireland.

  • In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 2,189,300 (95% credible interval: 2,094,800 to 2,283,200), equating to 4.02% of the population (a decrease from 4.52% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 25 people.

  • In Wales, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 157,000 (95% credible interval: 136,500 to 180,100), equating to 5.16% of the population (a decrease from 5.70% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 19 people.

  • In Northern Ireland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 129,100 (95% credible interval: 109,800 to 151,200), equating to 7.04% of the population, or around 1 in 14 people.

  • In Scotland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 219,600 (95% credible interval: 189,300 to 251,600), equating to 4.17% of the population (an increase from 4.05% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 25 people.

6 January 2023 - weekly update

The following points are for the week ending 28 December 2022 for England, Wales and Scotland, and the week ending 22 December 2022 for Northern Ireland. Comparisons with results from our previous publication on 23 December 2022 are for the week ending 9 December 2022 for England, the week ending 8 December 2022 for Wales and Scotland, and the week ending 7 December 2022 for Northern Ireland.

  • The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to increase in England and Scotland, and increased in Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 2,463,000 (95% credible interval: 2,338,700 to 2,593,200), equating to 4.52% of the population (an increase from 2.20% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 20 people.

  • In Wales, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 173,200 (95% credible interval: 143,900 to 205,400), equating to 5.70% of the population (an increase from 1.89% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 18 people.

  • In Northern Ireland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 118,100 (95% credible interval: 101,400 to 136,300), equating to 6.43% of the population (an increase from 2.02% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 16 people.

  • In Scotland, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 213,100 (95% credible interval: 172,000 to 258,300), equating to 4.05% of the population (an increase from 2.49% in the previous reference week), or around 1 in 25 people.