According to data released by the Office for National Statistics on February 3, as of January 18, about one in seven households in the British community in England had been infected with the novel coronavirus, with about 6.9 million people, accounting for 15.3% of the total population of England.
It is reported that this figure is based on blood tests for people aged 16 and above.
That number is higher than one-ninth in December and one-one in November last year.
This data does not include people infected in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions.
The data also showed that about 21% of people in London tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in January.
In Wales, this figure is one-ninth, up from one-fourth last December.