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The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England was around one in 80 people in the week ending Aug 14, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, slightly lower than the previous week’s estimate of one in 75.

The figures came after prime minister Boris Johnson’s government last month lifted nearly all coronavirus restrictions such as the mandatory wearing of masks in indoor public spaces.

The share of people testing positive also fell in Scotland to an estimate of around one in 200 people, whilst the trajectory remained uncertain in Northern Ireland where roughly one in 50 were estimated to have the virus.

The level increased in Wales to one in 130 people, the ONS said.

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