The Office For National statistics has said that there is uncertainty around the incidence rate for England in the most recent period of 18 to 24 September but there is some limited evidence that the incidence rate may be levelling off following steep increases.

The report went to say.

“However, the wide credible intervals mean it is too early to say.”

According to the ONS, there is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West and North East, along with Yorkshire and the Humber and London.

The UK had reported a slight dip in those testing positives on Thursday after two straight days of more than 7,000 new daily cases.

However, the ONS infection survey looks to estimate infection numbers in the community beyond those who have been tested.

It found an estimated 116,600 people had the disease in England – up from an estimated 103,600 people last week.

The data also shows that there has been clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, with the current rates highest in teenagers and young adults.

The suggestion by the ONS comes as The R number of coronavirus in England has risen from between 1.2-1.5 to 1.3-1.6.

Every region across the country now has an R number of 1 or higher, which means there is widespread growth of the virus across the country.

An R number of 1.3 and 1.6 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 13 and 16 other people.

The growth rate has also increased to +5% and +9%, which means the number of new infections is growing by 5% to 9% every day.

The R number for the North East and Yorkshire is between 1.2-1.6, with growth between +4% to +9% a day