Almost 28,000 people were infected with coronavirus a day in the first week of October, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.
Between October 2 and 8, there were 27,8000 new Covid-19 cases per day across England, ONS estimates. The numbers don’t include people living in institutional settings.
This equates to around 5.11 new infections per 10,000 people per day. In comparison, it was estimated that 7,900 people in Wales had the virus during the same week, equating to around 1 in 390 people.
In England, this means that, at any given time between October 2 and 8, around one in 160 people were infected, equating to around 336,500 people. This is the ONS’ highest estimate of the number of infections since the survey began in May.
Data also showed that the highest rates of infection were in older teenagers and young adults, aged between 17 and 24. But smaller increases could be seen across all other age groups, apart from those aged 70 and above.
The highest infection rates in England were seen across the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East, all of which have prevalence rates above 1%.
Following next on the list were the West Midlands, East Midlands and London, which were below England’s average.
The report noted that there is now ‘growth in positivity in every region of England’. It noted that the regions with the highest rates did appear to have ‘levelled this week’, but said this could be a ‘temporary pause in growth’.
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