Coronavirus infections have “increased rapidly” in England in recent weeks, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Between 2 and 8 October, 27,900 people tested positive for COVID-19 each day, the ONS found.
This is up from an estimated 17,200 new cases per day for the period from 25 September to 1 October.
The figures do not include people in hospitals or care homes.
During the same time period an estimated 336,500 people had coronavirus at any one time, equating to around 1 in 160 people.
Rates were highest in older teenagers and young adults, the ONS found, though smaller increases could be seen across all age groups, apart from those aged 70 years and over.
The highest rates of people testing positive for #COVID19 are in older teenagers and young adults.— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) October 16, 2020
Smaller increases are apparent across all of the other age groups, apart from those aged 70 and above https://t.co/EG33WY7g5a pic.twitter.com/mBDy9gjiTl
Across England the highest COVID infection rates were seen in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East.
The South East and East of England saw the lowest rates.