Coronavirus cases across England appear to be levelling off, despite flare-ups in local hotspots, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
An estimated 1 in 1,900, or 28,300 people in England currently have the virus.
The ONS said evidence of a “small increase” in people testing positive in July has now stabilised.
It has been regularly testing people in private households since April.
The ONS survey provides a consistent picture of what’s been happening, because it regularly tests a large group of people – whether they have symptoms or not.
That means any changes are down to fewer or more infections, not just because more testing is taking place.
In areas where there have been spikes, more testing takes place.
Looking at the government’s figures, this can make it look like cases are rising, when in fact more are simply being uncovered.
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