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UK coronavirus live: 1 in 95 in England had Covid last week as Whitty warns of ‘quite scary’ hospitalisation levels within weeks

Latest updates: ONS figures show 1 in 90 also had Covid in Scotland; chief medical officer warns England is ‘not yet out of the woods’

Public health experts are warning of an increased spread of the vomiting bug norovirus, with a possible further rise in cases as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

Norovirus, which is highly infectious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is normally associated with the winter months.

However, cases of the bug are currently increasing across England and “it is possible that unusual or out-of-season increases could be seen in the coming months following further easing of Covid-19 control measures”, Public Health England (PHE) said.

There has been a concentration of outbreaks, particularly in nursery and childcare facilities, with far more incidents reported to PHE than would be expected in the summer months.

One in 95 people in private households in England – a total of about 578,000 – are estimated to have had coronavirus last week, official estimates show.

Figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics showed that 577,700 people in England were estimated to be unwell with the virus in the week ending 10 July. A week earlier, the data revealed that one in 160 people in England were Covid-positive.

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