Friday, 27 Nov 2020

More than 430,000 infected with Covid in England in just one week

More than 35,000 people are being infected with coronavirus in England per day, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 433,300 people had Covid-19 in the week ending October 16, equating to around 1 in 130 people.

The highest rates of infection continue to be in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West.

The ONS said cases have continued to rise in all age groups in recent weeks, though rates are highest in older teenagers and young adults.

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.

It comes as another town is plunged into a tier three lockdown.

Leaders in Warrington have told Sky News they have agreed a deal to move to the toughest restrictions, joining Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Discussions on whether Nottinghamshire will follow suit are continuing.

In Wales, a full nationwide lockdown kicks in at 6pm this evening while in Scotland, restrictions on pubs, bars and restaurants have been extended until November 2, when a new five-tiered approach will begin.

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