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One in seven English households had coronavirus by January

One in seven people in England had coronavirus by mid-January, the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated Wednesday.

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New data from the statistics authority show 15.3 percent of people in private households in England tested positive for antibodies in the 28 days up to 18 January, “suggesting they had the infection in the past.”

During the same period, 10.1 percent of households in Scotland tested positive for antibodies, along with 11.2 and 9.2 percent of households in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

England remains the most affected of the U.K.’s four nations, and the headline figure is up from one in nine displaying antibodies in the December 2020 data. London’s positive tests dwarf those in the rest of the country — accounting for one in five of the total showing antibodies, or 21 percent.

The areas following the U.K. capital were the West Midlands at 18.8 percent, and Yorkshire & the Humber at 18.7 percent. The ONS data is based on blood test results taken from a randomly selected sample of individuals aged 16 years and over.

The U.K. remains in a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, with ministers this week ordering door-to-door testing in eight postal codes to try to combat a strain of the virus that originated in South Africa.

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