In the week leading up to New Year’s Eve, an estimated 3.7 million people were infected with Covid-19.
The number was announced by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday (January 5th).
The number of 3.7 million for the week that ended Friday, December 31st, was up from 2.3 million for the week leading up to Thursday, December 23rd.
And it is the highest number since comparable numbers began in autumn 2020.
In the week of 31.
This has increased from one in 25 in the week to December 23rd.
One in 15 is roughly equivalent to 3.3 million people and is the highest number since the ONS began estimating the number of infections for England in May 2020.
In London, probably around one in ten people tested positive for Covid-19 in the week leading up to December 31, the highest proportion for any region in England.
South West England had the lowest percentage at around one in 30.
In Wales, it is estimated that around 1 in 20 people would get Covid-19 in the week ending December 31, up from 1 in 40 in the week ending December 23.
For Scotland, the latest estimate is also one in 20, versus one in 40.
In Northern Ireland, the estimate is one in 25 versus one in 40.
All information relates to people in private households.
In other developments today, coronavirus isolation in Scotland will be reduced from 10 to seven days from midnight if people have been negative on lateral flow tests in the past two days and have no fever, Nicola Sturgeon announced in the Scottish Parliament.
While people in England without coronavirus symptoms who have a positive lateral flow test will no longer need a confirmatory PCR test as of January 11, the British health authority said.