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New COVID-19 cases in England more than double in a week

Written by on 9 October 2020

The number of new COVID-19 cases in England more than doubled in a week at the end of September, according to latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

There were an average of 17,200 new cases per day in private households between 25 September and 1 October – compared with 8,400 new cases per day the previous week from 18-24 September.

The ONS said there has been a “marked increase” in the rate of new infections during the last six weeks, now at its highest level since the survey began in May.

The figures do not include people staying in other settings such as hospitals and care homes.

The ONS said the highest current rates of infection was among teenagers and young adults – the second highest among secondary school children.

And there are clear differences between the regions, with the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber worst affected and have all seen steep increases in recent weeks.

Other regions except for southeast England (outside London) have experienced smaller rise in infection rates, the ONS said.