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Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey – headline results – 26 January 2022

Results from the ONS COVID-19 infection survey from 26 January 2022.

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ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey 26 January 2022

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 26 January 2022, the 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 22 January 2022, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to decrease, to 3.11% (95% credible interval: 2.73% to 3.50%); it is estimated that 163,600 people in Scotland had COVID-19 (95% credible interval: 143,600 to 184,500), equating to around 1 in 30 people.
  • Omicron variant compatible infections continue to be dominant across all UK countries.

These early estimates are provisional and are subject to change as more data is received, 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 28 January 2022.

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