Official figures – 0.21% of England’s population have Covid-19

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The ONS are running a testing programme, with thousands of volunteers, which is used to estimate the number of people in England who currently have the Covid-19 virus.

The survey estimates that currently, the number of people with Covid-19 in England is as follows;

  • 0.21% of the population
  • That’s 116,600 people
  • 291,732 tests were taken in the survey
  • 336 people from 277 households tested positive

The Incidence Rate of 0.21% is estimated using standard modelling techniques from the testing results.  The population of England is 56.2 million.

Overall, the survey shows the number of people affected is increasing in England.  This has led to increased use of further localised lockdown measures, increasing the economic pressures those areas are facing.

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The survey does not include any testing in hospitals or care homes, nor does it take account of any potential symptoms.  The survey includes asymptomatic cases.  The most recent survey was published on 2nd October and covers the week commencing 18th September.  The incidence rate in this survey measures how many people have the virus, and is not to be confused with the reproduction rate, called the ‘R rate’. The ‘R rate’ is the average number of additional infections produced by one infected person.

You can read the ONS press release here.

The ONS are the Office for National Statistics and are the official UK Government agency for statistics and data.

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