The Office for National Statistics has announced that an estimated 645,000 people had Covid-19 between December 12 and 18, representing a sharp increase from previous weeks.
One in 85 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday.
The figures represent a stark increase from the previous week when one in 95 people were thought to have the virus.
During the period studied, London has emerged as the new epicentre for Covid-19, with the highest percentage of people testing positive. The East and South East of England are also among the worst hit areas.