The Office for National Statistics announced that about 645,000 people had Covid-19 between 12 and 18 December, which represents a large increase over the previous weeks.
One in 85 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday.
The numbers represent a huge increase over the previous week, when one in 95 people was thought to have the virus.
During the study period, London emerged as the new epicenter of Covid-19, with the highest percentage of people testing positive. East and South East England are also among the hardest hit areas.
Among the bad news that Covid-19 is again growing rapidly, the study notes that the prevalence of the virus among people 70 and older appears to be decreasing.
The prevalence of coronavirus has also increased in Wales, where it is estimated that one in 60 people became infected in the past week.
Meanwhile, a decrease has been seen in Scotland, the study suggests that one in 140 people now has the virus.
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The ONS announcement comes at a time when the United Kingdom is fighting a new ‘highly contagious’ strain of Covid-19, which is particularly common in south-east England.
The new variant of the virus is reportedly 70% more contagious and has been linked to an increase in cases across the country.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the UK’s Covid-19 infection rate increased to 1.1 to 1.3.
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