COVID-19 infections in England are up 60% – now 3,200 new cases are seen every day, according to official estimates.

The figure from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period from August 30 to September 5 increased from 2,000 a day the previous week.

The survey reveals that outside of hospitals and nursing homes, about one in 1,400 people in England had the coronavirus last week – averaging 39,700 and 27,100 over the previous seven days.

During the same week, the Office for National Statistics estimates at any given time that 1,200 people in Wales have COVID-19 – about one in 2,600 people.

It also found, in recent weeks, that there has been an increase in the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus between the ages of 17 and 24 and from 25 to 34 years old, while the number of people aged 50 years and over appeared to be stable or declining. .

Katherine Kent, co-chair of analysis for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, said: “Our results this week indicate an increase in COVID-19 infections in England in recent weeks with infection rates rising between 17-34 years old.

“These results highlight how important it is for us to continue monitoring COVID-19 infections in the country.

“We are grateful to the many of our participants who continue to make this survey possible.”

The survey also started in Northern Ireland and the Office for National Statistics has said its estimates will be published when there is a large enough sample.

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Work is also underway to prepare the survey in Scotland.