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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


The percentage of people testing positive (positivity rate) continued to increase in England and increased in Wales and Northern Ireland in the week ending 17 July 2021. The trend in Scotland was uncertain in the most recent week. Delta is the most common COVID-19 variant across the UK. Hospital admissions of COVID-19 confirmed patients in England continued to increase in the week ending 18 July. The number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 in the UK increased to 268 in the week ending 16 July. An estimated 91.9% of adults in England, 92.6% in Wales, 90.0% in Northern Ireland, and 88.6% in Scotland had COVID-19 antibodies (week beginning 28 June).

COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions and deaths increased in England

Estimated COVID-19 positivity rates, hospital admissions and number of deaths, England, 1 August 2020 to 18 July 2021

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COVID-19 infections continued to increase in England, with a positivity rate of 1.36% in the week ending 17 July 2021. The hospital admission rate increased by 29% to 5.88 per 100,000 people in the week ending 18 July. There were 213 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England in the week ending 16 July. This is 37 more deaths than in the week before.

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The Coronavirus Infection Survey, Public Health England surveillance data from NHS blood donors and REACT-2 show similar trends in antibody positivity

Estimated percentage of the community population (aged at least 16 and over) testing positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, 28 April 2020 to 4 July 2021, England

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The Coronavirus Infection Survey (CIS), PHE sero-surveillance data from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS-BT) blood donors, and Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission-2 (REACT-2) show similar trends in antibody positivity. The proportion of people testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies in England has been gradually increasing since December 2020.

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Age differences


The COVID-19 positivity rates increased across all age groups, except for those in school Years 7 to 11 (week ending 17 July, England). Hospital admission rates increased in all age groups (week ending 18 July, England). The number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased in all age groups including adults aged 45 years and over (week ending 16 July, England). Antibody positivity was highest in older age groups across the UK (week beginning 28 June).

In older age groups, COVID-19 positivity rates were lowest, but hospital admission rates were highest

Estimated percentage of the population testing positive for COVID-19 in the week ending 17 July 2021, hospital admission rates in the week ending 18 July, and deaths registered in the week ending 16 July, by age, England

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Positivity rates were highest among teenagers and young adults (school Year 12 to age 24 years) and lowest in groups aged 70 years and over (week ending 17 July 2021). Hospital admission rates remain highest for those aged 75 years and over (week ending 18 July). The number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 was highest in those aged 75 to 84 years (week ending 16 July).

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Regional differences


The percentage testing positive for COVID-19 increased in all English regions except the North East and North West (week ending 17 July 2021).

Hospital admissions and deaths increased in most English regions

Change in hospital admission rates and numbers of deaths involving COVID-19 from previous week, England, weeks ending 18 July and 16 July 2021

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Hospital admissions increased in most English regions in the week ending 18 July. The largest increase was seen in the North East. The number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased in six of the nine English regions (week ending 16 July). The largest increase was seen in the North East (16 more deaths).

The percentage of those who are fully vaccinated was highest in the East of England, while antibody positivity was highest in the East Midlands (week beginning 28 June).

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Further information


This page provides an overview of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, bringing together data from multiple sources. Each graphic provides a link to explore the topic further. See the more information page to read about different data sources used in the tool.

The tool is updated regularly when relevant data are published. This is typically at least twice a week, for example:

  • when weekly deaths registrations are published (usually on a Tuesday)

  • when results from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, and Opinions and Lifestyle Survey are published (usually on a Friday)

Daily updates on COVID-19 levels and vaccinations can be found onย GOV.UK.

Some policy areas are devolved and more information is available for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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