The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England increased to around one in 60 people in the week ending Oct 9, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday, reaching its highest level since January.

That takes the total number of people infected with coronavirus in England to close to a million. Just under one in 50 people were estimated to have contracted coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January.

The ONS said that prevalence of infections had risen for its third straight week, having been at one in 70 people in the previous week.

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