Covid-19 infections in English rise again, 1 in 85 people infected: survey

The prevalence of COVID-19 cases in England increased again in the week to 18 December, with around 645,800 people, or 1 in 85, estimated to be infected.

People walk and cycle at an intersection amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Great Britain, on December 23, 2020. REUTERS

The prevalence of COVID-19 cases in England increased again in the week through December 18, with around 645,800 people, or 1 in 85, estimated to be infected, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Thursday.

“The percentage of people who tested positive continued to increase dramatically in London, East England and the South East; London now has the highest percentage of people testing positive, “the ONS said.

Prevalence in the previous week was 1 in 95, the ONS estimated.

Separately on Thursday, the UK’s Test and Trace service said it saw a 58% weekly increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases detected.

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