The Department of Health and Social Care has published interim findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI on a study into coronavirus (COVID-19). The study examined levels of infection in the general population in England. Over 85,000 volunteers were tested between 16 and 25 October 2020, as part of the sixth Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) study. Findings show infections increased substantially, with the virus prevalence doubling over nine days. The R rate increased to 1.6, and the overall prevalence of infection in the community was 1.28%.