Coronavirus levels in Scotland highest since estimates began

A coronavirus testing centre
Support us and go ad-free

The coronavirus level of infection in Scotland is at its highest since estimates began last autumn, with around one in 75 people thought to have coronavirus (Covid-19) last week. The figure, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has risen sharply from one in 140 in the previous week.

Infections rising

Schools in Scotland returned a fortnight ago and the reopening is believed to have contributed to a rise in cases in the country.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

The latest level of infection – a snapshot of how many people are likely to test positive for the virus – remains high across the rest of the UK. Around one in 70 people in private households in England had coronavirus in the week to 27 August, unchanged from the previous week and the equivalent of about 766,100 people.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people in England were estimated to have coronavirus. In Wales, the figure for the week to 28 August was around one in 110. This is up from one in 120 in the previous week and the highest level since the week to 6 February.

In the north of Ireland, the latest estimate is one in 65, down from one in 40 in the previous week. Scotland’s level is the highest since estimates began for the nation in October last year.

Back to school

Experts have warned the government it is “highly likely” there will be large levels of coronavirus infection in schools by the end of September.

In a document released last week and dated 11 August, members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O), said it is likely there will be exponential increases of the virus in school-aged children after classes return, while noting that measures in place before the new term, such as bubbles and stricter rules on isolating, no longer apply.

Meanwhile, the ONS said when modelling the level of coronavirus infections among different age ranges in England, rates have increased for those aged 70 and over – although they remain lowest for this age group – and there are early signs of an increase for those aged 25 to 34. There were also early signs of a decrease for those from school year 12 to age 24, the ONS said.

The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus is estimated to have increased in South-West England and the West Midlands, it said.

London and the East Midlands saw a decrease, while the trend for all other regions is uncertain.

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us