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Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown

Coronavirus infection rates in England are continuing to show signs of levelling off – but the picture across the UK is mixed, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, infections have been decreasing in recent weeks – but in Scotland, they seem to be rising.

After lockdown ends in England, areas will face tougher tier restrictions.

Most will be in ‘high alert’ tier two, including London and Liverpool.

The ONS figures are based on thousands of people tested for the virus in households across the UK, whether they have symptoms or not.

According to the ONS estimates, rates in England increased in the East Midlands and North East that week, while continuing to fall in the North West.

In the east of England, London, the South East and South West, rates now appear to be decreasing too.

The areas with the highest number of people infected per head of population are Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West and North East.

Secondary-school-age children and young adults are seeing the highest infection rates.

This information is based on a relatively small number of people testing positive in each age group and region, so there is a wide margin for error.