COVID infection rates in Scotland are the lowest across the four nations for a second week, although levels have remained the same. 

According to new figures, an estimated one in 85 people in private households had Covid-19 in the week ending November 6 - that's about 62,100.

This is down slightly from one in 80 the previous week, and below September’s peak of one in 45.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that infections rates have "remained level" in Scotland, and had decreased in England and Wales. 

The infection rate in Wales at around one in 45 for the same period, compared to one in 40 last week. Wales has the top infection rate out of the four nations. 

Around one in 60 people in England had Covid-19 in the previous week, that's a drop from one in 50, according to the latest estimates.

One in 50 is the equivalent of about 925,400 people. 

The latest trends for Northern Ireland "remain uncertain" ONS said. One in 75, down week-on-week from one in 65. 

All figures are for people in private households and do not include hospitals, care homes and other settings.

The number of infections provides a snapshot of the prevalence of Covid-19 within the entire community population of the UK.

It is based on a sample of swab tests collected from households across the UK.

Sarah Crofts, Head of Analytical Outputs for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, said:

“There has been a welcome decline in infection rates across both England and Wales, though rates across the UK remain high overall.

“With a marked decrease in infections among secondary school children in England, the half-term break may have played a part, though infections were decreasing prior to this time. Over the next few weeks, we will see if this decline continues.

“The many thousands of families who take part in our survey continue to play a vital role in monitoring the virus. We thank them once again for their commitment.” 

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