Coronavirus: More than 560,000 people had COVID-19 in England last week – ONS | UK News


More than 560,000 people had coronavirus in England last week, with the number of infections rising sharply among high school children, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest.

The numbers also seem to show that about one in 100 people had COVID-19[feminine[feminine in England for the week of October 17-23, as the number of cases continues to rise across the UK.

New cases of the coronavirus have increased by around 51,900 in England every day over the past week, according to ONS estimates.

That’s a 47% increase from 35,200 new cases per day for the period October 10-16.

The ONS infection survey estimated that 568,100 people had COVID-19 in England between October 17 and 23, up from 433,300 the week before.

The numbers also show that there has been an increase in cases across all age groups over the past two weeks, with older teens and young adults having the highest current rates.

The rates appear to be increasing sharply among high school children.

The figures, based on 609,777 swab tests performed whether people have symptoms or not, do not include people staying in hospitals, nursing homes or other facilities.

The highest COVID-19 infection rates in England continue to be seen in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber.

Rates also remain high for the Northeast, but have now stabilized and the gap with the other two northern regions is now larger.

The lowest rates are found in the south-east, south-west and east of England, with all age groups increasing in the past two weeks.

Katherine Kent, Co-Director of Analysis for the COVID-19 Infections Investigation, said: “Following the expansion of the ONS infection investigation, we are now seeing evidence of increasing COVID-19 infections across the UK.

“In England infections continued to rise sharply, with increases in all regions except the north-east, where infections now appear to have stabilized.

‘Wales and Northern Ireland have also all seen an increase in infections, although it is currently too early to see some trend in Scotland, where we have been testing for a shorter period.

“When you look at infections across different age groups, rates now appear to be rising sharply in high school children while older teens and young adults continue to have the highest levels of infection.

Analysis: the figures offer “glimmers of optimism” but we are heading in the wrong direction

By Rowland Manthorpe, Technology Correspondent

The ONS is perhaps the most reliable estimate we have of the state of the UK pandemic, and the picture it paints of the increase in infections across the UK is concerning .

There is a regional difference between the four UK countries.

But even in Scotland, the country where the virus spreads the most slowly, the ONS estimates that one in 140 people is infected with the virus.

A month ago, the ONS estimated that one in 500 people in England was infected with the virus. This shows surprising progress.

Yet for seasoned observers of these numbers, there are some glimmers of optimism.

The ONS estimates that around 50,000 people catch the virus a day, almost half the number of the Imperial College’s REACT survey estimated yesterday.

Imperial College put the doubling rate – a crucial estimate of how fast the epidemic is growing – at nine days.

Data from the ONS suggests that the number of infections is doubling every 14 days.

To put this in context: At the height of the epidemic, the doubling rate was as high as three days.

This explains the frankly terrifying growth in March.

Based on this data, we’re not back at this point, but we’re headed in the wrong direction.


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