Your blood type may determine how sick you get from COVID

People wearing masks are seen at Heathrow airport as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues London Britain

Between 2 and 8 October, 27,900 people tested positive for COVID-19 each day, the ONS found.

During the same time period an estimated 336,500 people had coronavirus at any one time, equating to around 1 in 160 people.

The figures represent a jump from 224,400 people, or 0.41% of the population in England, who were estimated to have Covid-19 in the previous week of September 25 to October 1.

Across England the highest COVID infection rates were seen in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East.

People with O blood type are less likely to contract the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, new research suggests.

Scientists have been investigating a potential link between blood type and vulnerability to Covid-19 for many months, and this latest evidence supports previous findings. They also found that blood groups A or AB were more likely to require dialysis for kidney failure, suggesting these blood types might have a higher risk of Covid-19 complications than people with blood types O or B.

A separate report published on Friday morning by Cambridge University estimates roughly 47,000 COVID infections are happening daily in England.

Estimated daily positive tests in England are showing significant increases of nearly 10,000 each week, the ONS said.

"We predict that the number of deaths each day is likely to be between 240 and 690 on October 26".

The modelled daily estimate from University of Oxford showed 30,800 new cases as of October 8.

The lowest rates are in south-west England, eastern England and south-east England.

"This means that the number of infections grows by 9% each day and it translates into a doubling in number in under one week", they said.

That's 10,700 more cases recorded each day compared to the average from the week earlier, when an estimated 17,200 new cases per day were recorded from September 25 to October 1.

"Note that a substantial proportion of these daily infections will be asymptomatic".

A further 15,650 positive tests were confirmed, down from 18,980 on Thursday and 19,724 on Wednesday.

Farrar said: "The current trajectory of this phase of the epidemic is now beyond what was outlined in the "reasonable worst case scenario".

Meanwhile, Professor Graham Medley, an expert in infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Sage, has said he believes that in terms of healthcare, "some areas are going to be back to the same kind of position they were at the end of March".