Updated 28th September
Between 23 July and 10 September, COVID-19 Infection rates have increased primarily in the least deprived areas within each region.
Positivity rates have increased over time amongst those aged under 35 years who had socially-distanced direct contact with six or more people aged 18 to 69 years, suggesting socially-distanced direct contact in younger age groups is an increasingly important factor in contracting COVID-19.
In recent weeks, COVID-19 positivity rates have been higher amongst people who have travelled abroad, although increases are seen in both those who have and have not travelled.
There is no evidence that working location is driving the greater increase in positivity rate in younger age groups in recent weeks.
There is evidence that Asian or Asian British individuals were more likely to have ever tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test than White individuals, suggesting they were more likely to have had COVID-19 in the past; although the methods used for analysis differ, all findings for characteristics of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies in this article are consistent with findings presented in a previous article.