Coronavirus infections in England have ‘levelled off’ after July increase, ONS figures show

Coronavirus infections in England have levelled off after increasing in July, the Office for National Statistics says.

An estimated 28,300 people in private households in England had COVID-19 between August 3 and 9, according to the ONS.

This was the equivalent of about 0.05% of the population, or one in 1,900 individuals.

The estimate is unchanged from the previous week of 27 July to 2 August.

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

The ONS said that while recent figures had suggested the percentage of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in households in England had risen slightly in July, this trend now appears to have levelled off.

“There is some evidence of a small increase in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in July, following a low point in June, but this appears to have now levelled off,” the ONS said.

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