Saturday, 28 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: 35,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, latest weekly ONS figures show

One in 130 people in England are estimated to have had coronavirus last week, official figures show.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were around 35,200 new cases per day between 10 and 16 October compared with the previous week’s figure of about 27,900.

The ONS said: “There has been growth in COVID-19 infection rates in all age groups over the past two weeks including those aged over 70 years, with the current rates highest in older teenagers and young adults.

“The highest COVID-19 infection rates continue to be seen in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East.”

Four regions in England – Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Liverpool, Greater Manchester – are now on “very high” alert and under the toughest restrictions.

Warrington council leaders have told Sky News they have agreed a deal to move to Tier 3 as discussions on whether Nottinghamshire will follow suit are continuing.

In Wales, a full nationwide lockdown comes into force at 6pm this evening, and in Scotland, restrictions on pubs, bars and restaurants have been extended until 2 November, when a new tiered approach is expected to begin.

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