Coronavirus cases are dropping throughout the UK while estimates for the R number put it at between 0.7 and 0.9, suggesting the epidemic is shrinking.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics appears to demonstrate that lockdown is working to control the virus despite the circulation of more infectious variants.

The ONS numbers relate to the week up to 6 February but show that one in 80 people in England has the virus, one in 75 have it in Northern Ireland, one in 85 in Wales and one in a 150 in Scotland.

London remains stubbornly high with around one in 60 estimated to have had Covid-19 up until that date.