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Coronavirus infections surge by 60% in England with 3,200 new cases each day

Written by on 11 September 2020

COVID-19 infections in England have soared by 60% – with 3,200 new cases now being seen each day, according to official estimates.

The figure from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period 30 August to 5 September is up from 2,000 a day in the previous week.

The survey reveals that outside of hospitals and care homes around one in 1,400 people in England had coronavirus last week – an average of 39,700 and up from 27,100 during the previous seven days.

During the same week, the ONS estimates at any given time 1,200 people in Wales had COVID-19 – around one in 2,600 people.

It also found in recent weeks, there had been an increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus aged 17 to 24 years and 25 to 34 years, while the number of people infected aged 50 years and over appeared to be stable or falling.

Katherine Kent, co-head of analysis for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, said: “Our results this week suggest that there has been an increase in COVID-19 infections in England during recent weeks with higher infection rates among 17-34-year-olds.

“These findings highlight how important it is that we continue to monitor COVID-19 infections in the country.

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“We are grateful to our many participants who are continuing to make this survey possible.”

The survey has also begun in Northern Ireland and the ONS said estimates for there will be published when there is a sufficiently large sample.

Work is also under way to set up the survey in Scotland.