Signs Covid infections are rising in three areas, official figures show

There are “early signs” of an increase in the percentage of people who test positive for Covid-19 in the Northeast, Yorkshire and Humber, and the Southeast, according to the National Statistics Office.

Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest percentage of people in any region of England who likely tested positive for coronavirus in the week leading up to May 15: around one in 520.

In the northeast it was one in 840 and in the southeast it was one in 1,210.

The southwest had the lowest estimate at around one in 2,730.

The trend was uncertain for all other regions in the same week, the ONS said.

But it added that rates were low in all regions and the believable intervals large.

The proportion of people who test positive for coronavirus in England are showing “early signs of a possible spike” although rates remain low, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Around one in 1,110 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week leading up to May 15 – according to the latest estimates by ONS, of one in 1,340 the previous week.

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