Latest Covid figures show decrease for first time in seven weeks

Around 1 in 19 people are now thought to have Covid-19 - the first time figures have fallen in almost two months.

Latest Scottish Covid figures show reduction for first time in seven weeks iStock

The number of people in Scotland with Covid-19 decreased last week after seven straight weeks of steady rises, according to latest statistics.

Around one in 19 people are now suspected to have the virus – down from one in 15 over the previous seven days.

An estimated 272,000 people, or 5.17% of the population in Scotland, had Covid-19 in the week to July 20, according to an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report.

Sarah Crofts, ONS head of analytical outputs for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: “Our most recent data suggest that we may now be over the peak of the latest wave of infections across the UK, although rates still remain among the highest seen during the course of the pandemic.

“We have seen welcome decreases among most parts of the UK and in all age groups. With summer holidays starting and more people travelling, we will continue to closely monitor the data.”

Meanwhile, the latest National Records of Scotland figures show that there were 92 deaths involving Covid-19 in the week to July 24, which was eight more than the previous week.

As of July 24 there have been 15,274 deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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