Covid: UK regions with the highest infection rates – how England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales compare

Here are how UK regions rank in terms of Covid-19 infection rates, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 across the UK has decreased as we enter 2023, according to new data published today (20 January) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The proportion of people testing positive went down in all four nations. In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for the virus in the first week of January was 1,461,900, or around 1 in 40 people - while in Scotland, the figure was 171,500, which equates to around 1 in 30 people. In both Wales and Northern Ireland, roughly 1 in 25 people were recorded to have Covid-19.

The figures are published as part of the ONS’ coronavirus Infection Survey, which carries out random PCR tests of households. Since community testing has been withdrawn, the survey offers the best picture of how the virus is spreading across the UK - but it’s worth noting that the data doesn't include people living in communual settings, such as nursing homes, where infections have been known to be high.

In the survey, infection rates are broken down by region - meaning you can check how many people near you have brought the virus. Here’s a breakdown of each region, ranked from the lowest to highest infection rate.

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