The number of coronavirus cases outside hospitals in England dropped by 18% in one week during the second national lockdown, new official figures show.

There were 521,300 cases in the community in England in the week to November 28, down from 633,000 (a drop of almost 112,000)the week before, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

That equates to 1 in 105 people having Covid-19 (around 0.96% of the population), compared to 1 in 85 a week earlier (or 1.16% of the population).

Figures suggest the incidence rate is now at its lowest since the end of September.

There were an average of 25,700 new cases per day in private households in England between November 22 and 28, according to the latest estimates from the ONS.

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In the latest week the highest rate was seen in Yorkshire & the Humber

This is down from an estimated 38,900 new cases per day for the period November 8 to 14 and is the lowest estimate since the end of September.

The ONS figures do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

The proportion of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have decreased in all regions of England except the North East, where rates appear to have levelled off, the ONS said.

England's positivity rate decreased during the lockdown, figures show
The percentage of people testing positive has decreased in all regions of England except the North East

Yorkshire & the Humber has the highest rate (with an estimated 1.7% of people in private households testing positive for Covid-19), followed by north-east England (1.6%) and north-west England (1.6%).

Eastern England has the lowest rate (0.4%).

When modelling the level of infection among different age groups in England, the ONS said rates remain highest among secondary school-aged children (school years 7 to 11) and young adults (school year 12 to age 24).

Rates are estimated to be falling across all age groups, however.

There are early signs the positivity rate in Scotland has started to decrease in the most recent week, the ONS said.

An estimated 40,900 people in Scotland had Covid-19 between November 22 and 28, or 0.78% of the population - down from 45,700 people, or 0.87%, for November 15 to 21.

England's highest positivity rates are seen in Yorkshire and The Humber, the North East and the North West
There are early signs the positivity rate in Scotland has started to decrease in the most recent week

All figures are for people in private households.

In Wales, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is no longer falling, the ONS said.

An estimated 18,100 people in private households had Covid-19 between November 22 and 28 - the equivalent of 0.60% of the population.

In the most recent week the percentage of those testing positive is no longer decreasing in Wales
In the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive in Northern Ireland continues to decrease

This is up slightly from an estimated 16,400 people for the period November 15 to 21, or 0.54% of the population.

Because of the relatively small number of tests and low number of positives in its Wales sample, results should be interpreted with caution, the ONS added.

In Northern Ireland, an estimated 9,500 people had Covid-19 between November 22 and 28, or 0.52% of the population.

This is down from an estimated 12,700 people for the period November 15 to 21, or 0.69% of the population.

All figures are for people in private households.