Coronavirus infections surge by 60% in England with 3,200 new cases each day
COVID-19 infections in England have soared by 60% – with 3,200 new cases now being seen each day, according to official estimates.
The figure from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period 30 August to 5 September is up from 2,000 a day in the previous week.
The survey reveals that. outside of hospitals and care homes. about one in 1,400 people in England had coronavirus last week – an average of 39,700 and up from 27,100 during the previous seven days.
During the same week, the ONS estimates at any given time that 1,200 people in Wales had COVID-19 – about one in 2,600 people.
It also found there had been an increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus aged 17 to 24 years and 25 to 34 years in recent weeks, while the number of people infected aged 50 years and over appeared to be stable or falling.
Meanwhile the rate of COVID-19 transmission has risen above a critical level that means the infection is growing exponentially, official figures show.
According to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the latest estimate for R across the UK is between 1.0 and 1.2.
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