About one in seven people in private households in England had contracted coronavirus by mid-January, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates.
The figure is equivalent to 6.9 million people – 15.3% of the population.
The estimate is up from one in nine people in December, last year, and one in 11 people in November.
The numbers are the proportion of the population who are likely to have tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, based on blood test results from a sample group aged 16 and over.
Some 21% of people in London are estimated to have tested positive for antibodies in January.
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