This briefing covered the latest interim data from the largest community coronavirus testing programme, REACT. This batch of data is an interim report from the next round and includes swab tests carried out on 85,000 people across England between 16 and 26 October 2020. The study gives an estimate of prevalence of COVID-19 and of R, and has data on different age groups and regions of England.
Please note this data is a preprint, so it is early work that has not yet been through peer-review and is not published in a journal.
Prof Paul Elliott, FMedSci, Director of the REACT programme, and Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Imperial College London
Prof Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London
This Briefing is accompanied by an SMC Roundup of Comments.