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It comes following the release of a study from the React-1 team that has been recording cases since May 2020. Researchers suggest the increase is being driven by infections in children aged between five and 12, and those aged 13 to 17. The prevalence observed among the younger age group was 5.85 percent, while in the older bracket it was 5.75 percent.

Across England, it was 1.72 per ent, compared with 0.83 per cent in September 2021.

Now some have been left worried that there could be a Christmas lockdown.

Taking to Twitter, LisaMartoneD said: “Get ready for a Christmas lockdown

@Kerrieozzie said: “Just getting everyone ready for the Christmas lockdown now.”

@rizkysilalahi added: “Looks like we will be spending Christmas and New Year holidays at our homes in 4th lockdown, then?”

It came after England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned of a “potentially problematic” Christmas due to COVID-19.

He said: “I personally feel there are some hard months to come in the winter and it is not over.

Asked how a Christmas lockdown can be prevented, he said: “Christmas, and indeed all of the darker winter months, are potentially going to be problematic.”

He said the things that “are really going to determine this” are the success of the vaccination programmes and how careful people are, particularly in the next couple of months.

But although the new data does seem worrying, Sky reporter Shamaan Freeman-Powell detailed why all hope should not be lost.

She said: “This data has been done by React, which is a community-testing programme.

“It focuses on home testing to get a better understanding of how the pandemic is progressing.

“It says that October was the highest figure since May 2020 – that’s when they first started collecting this data.

“But it is important to mention that they did not record any data for December.

“If we pass our minds back, December was the time that we all had to reconsider our Christmas plans because the rate of infection was so high.

“It can’t be said that they beat that record, but they are some of the highest seen so far.”

But it comes after Sir Jeremy Farrar quit the SAGE advisory group amid ‘concerning’ coronavirus transmission rate in the UK.

He had reportedly advocated for a “vaccine plus” strategy to curb the high levels of transmission seen in the UK.

His plan calls for more mask wearing, ventilation and continued coronavirus testing to get the nation through what some experts predict will be a difficult winter.

The government has so far declined to take this route and has not yet adopted a COVID Plan B – tougher measures designed to curb the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

A Government spokesman previously said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been “clear” the data does not currently back up the need for Plan B.

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