The rate of coronavirus infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down, new data suggests.
An estimated 618,700 people had coronavirus in community settings in England between October 25 and 31 – equivalent to around one in 90 people, or 1.13% of the population, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
It represents a jump from 568,100 people who were estimated to have COVID-19 in the period 17 to 23 October.
But while the number of infections has increased in recent weeks, “the rate of increase is less steep compared with previous weeks”, the ONS said.
In its latest update on Friday, the ONS said new infections in England had stabilised at around 50,000 a day, suggesting a levelling off in a recent steep rise in cases.
Sky News economic editor Ed Conway said it was “good news”, adding: “Still early days (the modelling has given us some false hope before) but this is perhaps the most promising sign yet of a slowdown in new infections.”
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