Latest results from the Office for National Statistics’ COVID-19 Infection Survey.


First published in October 2021.


According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Covid-19 Infection Survey data, infection rates increased in England and Wales but decreased in Scotland in the week ending 25 September 2021. The trend was uncertain in Northern Ireland.





“The overall changing picture for England is a result of the different trends across regions. During the week ending 25 September 2021, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus continued to fluctuate across regions.

The percentage of people testing positive increased in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, the East Midlands and the South West; and decreased in the North East and London in the week ending 25 September 2021. For all other regions, trends were uncertain.”

The ONS also analysed the infection rates across age groups.

“In the week ending 25 September 2021, the percentage of people testing positive increased for those aged 2 years to school year 11 and there were early signs of a possible increase for those aged 70 years and over.

“In the same week, the percentage of people testing positive decreased for those in school year 12 to aged 24 years and levelled off for those aged 35 to 69 years. The trend was uncertain for those aged 25 to 34 years.


Percentage of people testing positive by age groups in the week ending 25 September 2021

Estimated daily percentage of the population testing positive for coronavirus on nose and throat swabs by age group, England, 15 August 2021 to 25 September 2021

“The percentage of people testing positive was highest in young people at secondary school. In the week ending 25 September 2021, 4.58% (95% credible interval: 4.02% to 5.16%) of children in school year 7 to school year 11 tested positive for COVID-19.”

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