One in 50 people had Covid-19 between December 27 and January 2 – ONS

An estimated 1.1 million people in private households in England had Covid-19 between December 27 and January 2, according to new figures.

This is the equivalent of around 2.06% of the population, or one in 50 people, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

It came as the number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK topped 60,000 for the first time.

The Government said there had been a further 60,916 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Tuesday.

The ONS figures represent a rise from 800,900 people, or one in 70, who were estimated to have Covid-19 in the period December 17 to 23.

The figures do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

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