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UK had over 2 million COVID-19 cases in week to Dec. 23 - official estimate

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UK had over 2 million COVID-19 cases in week to Dec. 23 - official estimate
UK had over 2 million COVID-19 cases in week to Dec. 23 - official estimate   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – More than 2 million people in Britain tested positive for <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 in the week before Christmas, Office for National Statistics (<span class="caps">ONS</span>) estimates published on Friday showed, with the highest ratio of around one in 25 people seen in England.</p> <p>Britain is experiencing a surge in cases of the virus driven by the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, but the government is hoping its comprehensive vaccine programme and potentially milder disease caused by Omicron will allow it to keep the economy largely open.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ONS</span> estimates are modelled based on survey data. </p> <p>Friday’s estimates, which covered the week to Dec. 23, showed the ratio of people with <span class="caps">COVID</span> in England rising to one in 25, from one in 35 between Dec. 13 and Dec. 19.</p> <p>The latest estimated ratio in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were around one in 40.</p> <p/> </div>