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Coronavirus: Infections increasing across England, new official statistics show

The number of coronavirus infections in the community in England has risen over recent weeks – new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has suggested.

A statement from the agency said: “Modelling of the rate of new infections over time suggests that there is now some evidence that the incidence of new infections has increased in recent weeks.

The statement added: “While the percentage of individuals testing positive for Covid-19 has decreased since the start of the study (26 April 2020), there is now evidence to suggest that it has been rising slightly in recent weeks.

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“Further analysis indicates that we can be confident that there was a real small increase in the most recent estimated daily infection rate when compared with the lowest daily rate from the last six weeks, which was 0.05%”.

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