One in 50 people in England had Covid last week, says Chris Whitty

Figure for people outside hospitals and care homes revealed as number of new daily cases in UK tops 60,000 for first time

One in 50 people in private households in England – more than 1.1 million – are estimated to have had the coronavirus in the week ending 2 January.

The Office for National Statistics figures were released on Tuesday, as the number of new cases of people in the UK testing positive for Covid-19 topped 60,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

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