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UK coronavirus live: R number rises to between 1.2 and 1.5; new restrictions for Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli

In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in all age groups, with the current rates highest in the 17 to 24 years age group. There is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and North East; both West and East Midlands are recently showing a small increase.

During the most recent week (13 to 19 September 2020), we estimate there were around 1.75 new Covid-19 infections for every 10,000 people per day in the community population in England, equating to around 9,600 new cases per day.

The estimate shows that the incidence rate for England has increased in recent weeks.

[…] [T]he percentage of people testing positive for antibodies is higher in London than in the East Midlands, the South East and the South West of England.

During the most recent week (13 to 19 September 2020), we estimate that 10,800 people in Wales had Covid-19, […] equating to 1 in 300 people.

We have extended the survey to Northern Ireland; during the most recent two weeks (6 to 19 September 2020), we estimate that 0.35% of people in Northern Ireland had Covid-19, [..] which is around 1 in 300 people.

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