Coronavirus rates in England have remained flat even as cases surge in Scotland.
The Office for National Statistics infection survey estimated that 754,600 people in England would have tested positive last week, or one in 70 — a rate unchanged from the week before. In Scotland, however, it estimated that 117,300 people, or one in 45, would have tested positive. The previous week’s figure was 69,500, or one in 75.
“Scotland now has the highest rates across the UK countries where infections have continued to increase sharply, reaching a new highest recorded level,” Sarah Crofts, head of analytical outputs for the Covid-19 infection survey, said.
Professor Sheila Bird, formerly programme leader at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, said: “One possible reason for