Almost 900,000 people — one in 60 — had Covid on any given day in England last week as infections rose 4%, official figures show
Almost 900,000 people in England had Covid on any given day last week, official data suggested today as the country’s outbreak continued to trend upwards.
Office for National Statistics weekly surveillance — based on random swabs of 100,000 people — estimated 898,900 people were infected over the week to November 27, equivalent to one in 60 having the virus.
This was the highest number since early November, when 925,000 were estimated to be infected. It was 300,000 infections off the record set at the peak of the second wave when 1.1million were predicted to have Covid.
Last week’s estimated Covid cases were up four per cent on the previous seven-day spell, and marked the second week in a row that cases have risen after children returned from half term.
Two to 11-year-olds were the only age group to see their infections rise, but they remained flat in all others. London, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber saw their infections rise.
ONS statisticians said they picked up no sign that Omicron was taking hold in the UK. Some 42 cases have been detected to date, with the first spotted in tests taken on November 20.
It comes after a separate study also warned Britain’s Covid cases ticked up last week. King’s College London scientists predicted some 80,483 people were falling ill on any given day last week, up five per cent.
Britain’s daily Covid cases have trended upwards for the last two days in a row, after dropping slightly earlier this week.