Yorkshire Times
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11:57 AM 29th February 2024

UKHSA And ONS Release Latest Winter COVID-19 Infection Study Data - 29 February 2024


The latest data from the Winter COVID-19 Infection Study, from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed strong evidence of a decline in COVID-19 prevalence in England and Scotland over the 2 weeks to 21 February.

Over 27,000 study participants reported the results of LFD tests, which were taken whether or not they experienced symptoms. Examination of the data by ONS indicates that 0.8% of the population would test positive for COVID-19, compared to 1.6% in the last report (to 15 February).

After adjusting for both the accuracy of the LFD tests and the age demographics of the wider population, analysis by UKHSA estimates that the prevalence in the community is approximately 0.9%, or around one in every 111 people, compared to 1.5% (one in every 67 people) in the previous report.

The data shows that there is little variation in COVID-19 rates across the UK, with prevalence in Scotland and all regions of England estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.0%.

Across most age groups, there is strong evidence of a decline, with the lowest prevalence found in those aged over 75 (0.4%).

Professor Steven Riley, Director General for Data and Surveillance at UKHSA  said:
"It is encouraging to see that this week’s data shows strong evidence of a decline in COVID-19 prevalence across the UK.

"While this is welcome, it is still important that we continue to take sensible precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. COVID-19 causes illness and hospitalisation, particularly in older and more vulnerable people.

"When we have symptoms of a respiratory illness like COVID-19, we should do our best to limit our contact with other people, especially those who are more at risk. This will help to keep rates low and protect ourselves and those around us."