COVID-19: Estimated number of people with coronavirus in England peaks in six months

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COVID-19: Estimated number of people with coronavirus in England peaks in six months


One in 75 people in England is likely to have had COVID-19 last week – the highest number since the end of January, according to the latest figures.

Meanwhile, separate government data has shown that the country coronavirus reproduction or the R number remained stable between 1.2 and 1.4.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the estimated number of positive tests for COVID-19[feminine[feminine in the community was 741,700 in the week to July 17.

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That works out to about one in 75 people, down from one in 95 the week before, and it’s the highest number since the week of January 30.

Other numbers indicated that the R-value – which represents the average number of people each COVID-positive person infects – was the same as last week.

When the number is greater than 1, an epidemic can grow exponentially, but when it is less than 1, it means that the coronavirus epidemic is decreasing.

The current figure means that on average, 10 people infected with the virus will infect between 12 and 14 others.

The growth rate of the virus in England shows that the number of new infections is increasing by 4% to 6% every day.

Last week, that figure was between 4 and 7%.

The R number and daily growth rate vary across the country, indicating where the virus is spreading fastest.

The figures came as the government faced calls to bring forward the date by which people doubly vaccinated against the coronavirus can avoid self-isolation in the face of the so-called ‘pingemia’.

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