An estimated 4.3 million people in private households across the UK had Covid-19 last week, up from 3.7 million in the previous week, setting a new record, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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Prevalence of the virus continues to be highest in England, where around one in 15 people are estimated to have had the virus in the week to January 6, according to ONS figures published on Wednesday. In Wales, around one in 20 is estimated to have been infected with the disease last week, or 169,100 people, up from 157,900, Xinhua news agency quoted the ONS as saying. For Scotland the latest estimate is one in 20, or 297,400 people, up from 238,000.

In Northern Ireland, the estimate is 99,200 people, up from 72,900, in a week. “Covid-19 infections continued to increase across all regions of England except the East of England, and London,” said ONS.

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