More than 60,000 new Covid-19 infections occur every week in England, according to official figures.
The number of the Covid-19 infection survey, led by the Office of National Statistics, is much higher than the number of confirmed positive tests announced by the government daily.
Boris Johnson told the House on Wednesday that the figure had dropped to 2,400 and that positive test numbers from Public Health England suggest there are very few viruses in London.
However, the larger ONS community infection study estimated the number of new cases per week at around 61,000 in England.
Research also revealed at some point between May 4 and May 17 that the average number of people infected with coronavirus was 137,000, or 0.25% of the community population, compared to 148,000 a year ago. one week.
“The estimated number of people in England who had Covid-19 at some point during the two weeks from May 4 to May 17 is slightly lower than the estimate we reported in our Thursday May 14 publication, which covered the period from April 27 to May 10, “said the NSO.
“This change is relatively small and should be interpreted as showing that the number of people in England who have COVID-19 has remained relatively stable. “
The figures also exclude infections in hospitals and nursing homes.
Estimating the level of infection is very complicated and the NSO said that if it were estimated at 137,000, it could reach 208,000 or 85,000.
The study found no evidence of differences in the proportions of positive tests between men and women, or between the age groups 2 to 11, 12 to 19, 20 to 49, 50 to 69 and 70 and over.
There was also no evidence of a difference between the proportions of positive tests for patient health care roles or social care for residents and those not working in these roles.
The results were based on tests of 14,599 people in 7,054 households.
The analysis is part of a long-term study to track coronavirus in the general population, conducted with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England.