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ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey 19 January 2021
During this period of high infections, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have decided to publish headline results from the COVID-19 Infection Survey two days early. This means that the latest estimates on infection levels are available at their earliest opportunity and further breakdowns for the same period and a longer time series will continue to be published on Fridays.
On 19 January 2022, ONS published a short, early headline release on the latest estimates of the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This release accompanies a limited dataset which includes estimates of positivity by country and variant analysis by country.
This latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK Statistical bulletin can be found on the ONS website. The main points for Scotland are as follows:
in Scotland, in the week ending 15 January 2022, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 has decreased to 4.49% (95% credible interval: 4.03% to 5.00%); we estimate that 236,600 people in Scotland had COVID-19 (95% credible interval: 212,000 to 263,100), equating to around 1 in 20 people.
COVID-19 infections compatible with Omicron continue to be the most dominant variant across all UK countries.
These early estimates are provisional and are subject to change as we receive more data, but they have undergone sufficient quality assurance to ensure that they are based upon an acceptable number of test results received up to the end of the reference week.
The next regular statistical bulletin on the COVID-19 Infection Survey will be published on the Scottish Government website on Friday 21 January 2022.