English COVID infections stabilise at 50,000 per day – ONS estimate

Soldiers carry out tests at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Liverpool, Britain, November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – New COVID-19 infections in England have stabilised at around 50,000 a day, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday, indicating a levelling off in the steep rise of cases that has pushed England into a second national lockdown.

An estimated 618,700 people had the disease during the most recent week to Oct 31, up from 568,100 the previous week, though the ONS said that the rate of increase in infection was less steep compared to previous weeks.

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