In England and Wales, the number of COVID infections is on the rise

LONDON: The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has increased England and in Wales for the first time in two months, official statistics showed on Friday.
The results are based on data from the government’s National Statistics Office for the week ending September 14 (ONS).
Based on its own data, the ONS estimated that 766,500 people tested positive in England, about one in 70, and 39,700 in Wales, or one in 75.
A study last week showed the infection rate was one in 75 in England and one in 110 in Wales.
According to the long-running survey, both UK countries last saw weekly growth in the week ending July 6, boosted by new Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
At the same time, figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland fell.
The results come from a study that takes a random sample of the population – whether they have symptoms or not.
Those tested do not include people living in nursing homes.
The researchers then model these results to estimate how much of the total population is currently infected.
Two sub-variants of Omicron, BA.4 and B.A5, have been partly responsible for a wave of new cases in Europe and the United States.