Coronavirus infections surge by 60% with 3,200 new cases every day

Coronavirus infections in England have soared by 60% in recent weeks with 3,200 new cases every day in the first week of September, according to official estimates.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period between August 30 and September 5 are an increase on the 2,000 per day recorded the week before, between August 19 and 25.

They do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

The survey estimates that one in 1,400 people in private households had Covid-19 last week – an average of 39,700, or 0.07% of the population.

That represents an increase on the 27,100 from a week earlier.

An estimated 1,200 people had Covid-19 in Wales last week – the equivalent of 0.04% of the population or around one in 2,600 people.

That is compared to an estimated 1,400 people the previous week – 0.05% of the population, or around one in 2,200 people.

The ONS said its modelling does not indicate an increase of Covid-19 cases in Wales.

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