Virus cases may be hitting 6,000 a day in England

New cases of coronavirus could be hitting 6,000 a day in England, with “clear evidence” of a rise in positive tests in the under-35s, new figures suggest. 

The Office for National Statistics found infection rates were higher in the North West and London, based on random testing of thousands of people in households.

The figures are for the week to 10 September and refer to people in private households, rather than in hospitals or care homes. 

The rate is up from an average of 3,200 people a day for the period from 30 August to 5 September. 

The ONS infection survey, which has been producing weekly estimates of virus cases since April, tests people whether they have symptoms or not.

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