The number of people with active coronavirus cases in England almost doubled in a week.

In England more than 103,600 people had the disease in the week from September 13 to September 19.

That is equivalent to 1 in 500 people and far above the 59,800 cases estimated for the previous week.

The figures were calculated by the Office for National Statistics, which looks to estimate infection numbers in the community beyond those who have been tested.

The modelled estimate, based on samples of the population,suggests new cases of Covid-19 in England shot up to around 9,600 per day in the week to September 19.

Places in the North West, like Blackpool, have been particularly badly affected

"The estimate shows that the incidence rate for England has increased in recent weeks," the ONS said, highlighting the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and North East as areas where infection rates were rising.

It comes as Leeds prepares to be the latest city to impose restrictions on its residents from midnight, with a ban on people socialising in each other's homes.

The ONS also estimated that during the week of September 13 to 19, 10,800 people in Wales had Covid-19, equating to one in 300 people.

An estimated 0.35% of people in Northern Ireland had Covid-19, which is around one in 300 people.

The ONS data also shows the worst affected regions

Katherine Kent, co-head of analysis for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said there had been a "marked" increase in cases across England.

She added: "Every week we are sending out new letters to houses across the UK to ask them to take part in the Covid-19 Infection Survey to help us get more information about how the virus is spreading.

"If you receive a letter from us, please take the time to register and help control the spread of this virus."

The figures show England's infection rates edging up towards those last seen in May

Different data sources have produced different figures when it comes to tracking the spread of the coronavirus.

According to Department of Health test data there were 6,634 new cases recorded across the UK on Thursday.

That is the largest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.

The latest Covid Symptom Study app predicts that more than 16,000 people are catching the coronavirus each day.