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New cases remain high after sharp increase
On Thursday, the government announced a further 33,470 confirmed cases.
This was the highest figure in since the start of the pandemic, though it’s thought there were more infections during the first peak in the Spring, but testing capacity at the time was too limited to detect the true number of daily cases.
Confirmed cases started rising again in July, with the rate of growth increasing sharply in September and October.
There are some signs, however, of that growth slowing a little since the start of November.
Chart tracking daily cases and seven-day average
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The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is tracking Covid-19 in the community, also suggest the increase in new infections may be stabilising.
Approximately one in 90 people in homes in England had coronavirus in the week ending 31 October, according to the ONS figures.
In Scotland and Wales, about one in 110 people had the virus. One in 75, about 25,000 people, had the virus in Northern Ireland.
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