Living British Coronavirus: the R number drops between 1.2 and 1.5; new restrictions for Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli | Politics


In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 across all age groups, with current rates highest in the 17-24 age group years. There is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and Northeast; the West and East Midlands have recently shown a slight increase.In the most recent week (September 13-19, 2020), we estimate that there were around 1.75 new Covid-19 infections per 10,000 people per day in the community population of England, or around 9,600 new cases per day.

The estimate shows that the incidence rate for England has increased in recent weeks.


[T]he percentage of people who test positive for antibodies is higher in London than in the East Midlands, the South East and the South West from England.

In the most recent week (September 13-19, 2020), we estimate 10,800 people in Wales had Covid-19, […] or 1 in 300 people.

We have extended the survey to Northern Ireland; in the last two weeks (September 6-19, 2020), we estimate that 0.35% of people in Northern Ireland had Covid-19, [..] which represents approximately 1 in 300 people.


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