May 14, 2020 / 4:25 PM / 16 days ago

Around 148,000 people in England had coronavirus recently - estimate

A woman is seen wearing a protective face mask in front of a closed Primark store, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Around 148,000 people in England had COVID-19 at any point over the two weeks ending May 10, or 0.27% of the population, an official survey showed on Thursday.

The estimate was based on swab tests performed on 10,705 people across 5,276 households, rather than in hospitals or care homes, the Office for National Statistics said.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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