Coronavirus infections soar by 60 per cent with 3,200 daily cases recorded

CORONAVIRUS cases have soared by 60 per cent – with 3,200 infections recorded each day, official figures reveal.

Around 39,700 people tested positive for the deadly disease between August 30 and September 5 – up 12,600 from the previous week.

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This is equivalent to around 0.07 per cent of the population – or one in 1,400.

The Office for National Statistics also reports there were 3,200 new cases a day – up by 1,200.

What the figures show:

  • Around 39,700 people tested positive for coronavirus from August 30 to September 5 – up 12,600 from the previous week
  • 3,200 cases were recorded each day – 1,000 infections higher than the week before
  • There was a rise in cases among those aged 17 to 34
  • But cases are dropping for people aged 50 and over

The figures are based on nose and throat swab tests in private homes, rather than in hospitals and care homes.

This is different to the daily Department of Health figures, which count people who test positive after displaying symptoms.

The ONS said there was a “marked increase in rates of positivity” – especially in people aged between 17 and 34.

But those aged 50 and over who are testing positive “appears to be stable or declining in recent weeks”.


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