One in just under 4,000 people have coronavirus in England, Office of National Statistics data suggests

Around one in 3,900 people were infected with Covid-19 at any point between June 22 and July 5, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 6:00 am

New data from the Covid-19 surveillance study for England suggests an estimated average of 14,000 people had coronavirus during that time.

The ONS said the decline in cases appears to have levelled off in recent weeks and urged caution over reading too much into the figures due to the low number of positive cases.

During the 14-day period from June 22 to July 5, there were an estimated two new Covid-19 infections for every 10,000 people per week, equating to an estimated 1,700 new cases per day.

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The estimates are based on swab tests collected from 25,662 people, of which eight individuals from eight different households tested positive.

The ONS said the latest estimates suggest the percentage of people in private households in England testing positive for Covid-19 has decreased over time since April 27, and “this downward trend appears to have now levelled off”.

When looking at the last three 14-day periods, the ONS said the variation in the percentage of people testing positive – 0.05%, 0.10% and 0.03% – is consistent with the kind of random variation that is based on sampling.

An estimated average of 1,700 people were newly inflected with Covid-19 each day between June 22 and July 5.

Previous estimates were 2,000 people per day between June 8 and 21, and 1,900 between May 25 and June 7.

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