The North East England had the highest proportion of people of any region likely to test positive for coronavirus in the week to July 10: around one in 40.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in all regions of England, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

More than half a million people in private households in England are likely to have had Covid-19 in the week to July 10, according to figures.

ONS data says the estimated number of people testing positive – 577,700 – is the equivalent of around one in 95 people, up from one in 160 people in the previous week, and is the highest number since the week to February 6.

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Self-isolation 

Most people who come into contact with a positive Covid-19 case are continuing to follow the rules for self-isolating, a new survey has suggested.

Nearly nine in 10 (89 per cent) of respondents said they had fully adhered to self-isolation requirements for the entire 10-day period required by law.

The survey, by the Office for National Statistics ONS, covers the period June 28 to July 3 and is based on a small sample of 990 people in England.
Previous surveys found a similar level of full adherence to the rules for self-isolating, with 87% for the period June 1 to 5 and 93% for May 4 to 8.

Of those people who self-isolated after coming into contact with a positive coronavirus case, around a third (34%) said they had gone on to develop Covid-19 symptoms.

This is broadly unchanged from the previous month’s survey (35%) but is up from around one in five (21%) in the survey taken in early May – a “statistically significant” increase, the ONS said.

Adherence to self-isolation requirements was also found to be “significantly higher” among those who developed symptoms (94%) compared with those who did not (86%).
“With restrictions easing further, it is important we continue to monitor the behaviour of those required to self-isolate,” Mr Gibbs added.

Delta Variant 

A total of 253,049 confirmed and probable cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have now been identified in the UK, according to the latest figures from Public Health England – up by 36,800 from 216,249 cases in the previous week, a rise of 17%.

Of the 253,049 cases, 209,926 have been in England, 32,708 in Scotland, 5,601 in Wales and 4,814 in Northern Ireland.

The Delta variant continues to account for approximately 99% of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK.

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