The estimated number of coronavirus cases across England has increased 60% in a week, new data shows.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey, there were around 9,600 new coronavirus infections daily in England, up from 6,000 the week before.
The survey, which tested thousands of people in English households to see whether they had symptoms or not, found that from September 13-19, an estimated 103,600 people had Covid-19, which is roughly one in 500 people.
The ONS said: “The estimate shows that the number of infections has increased in the past few weeks.
“In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence that the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 has increased in all age groups, with the highest rates currently in the 17- to 24-year-old age group.
“There is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West, Yorkshire and Humber, London and the North East.”
Leeds is gearing up to be the newest city to put restrictions on its residents from midnight, with a ban on socializing in each other’s homes.
The ONS also estimated that for the week of September 13-19, 10,800 people in Wales had Covid-19, which is one in 300 people.
An estimated 0.35% of people in Northern Ireland have had Covid-19, which is roughly one in 300 people.
Katherine Kent, co-head of analysis for the Covid-19 infection survey, said there has been a “marked” increase in cases across England.
She added: “Every week we are sending new letters to homes across the UK asking them to take the Covid-19 infection survey so we can get more information on the spread of the virus.
“When you receive a letter from us, please take the time to register and control the spread of this virus.”