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Supermarkets are the most common place in England to contract coronavirus, new data has indicated.

Public Health England (PHE) retraced the steps and analysed the contacts of the 128,808 people using the NHS Test and Trace app to find where transmission is more likely to happen.

All had tested positive for Covid-19 between November 9 and November 15, Sky News reports.

Supermarkets have remained open throughout both national lockdowns.

The new data set suggests supermarkets are the primary place where the virus is being transmitted.

Supermarkets have remained open throughout both lockdowns
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The second most common location reported by those who tested positive for Covid-19 were secondary schools, followed by primary schools, and then hospitals, and then care homes.

In the most recent week, 124 outbreaks were recorded at secondary schools in England.

Since records began there have been 822 outbreak at secondary schools in England and 822 and 732 in primary schools.

Of those who tested positive for the virus in the days analysed by PHE, 18.3% of them said they had visited a supermarket.

The data indicates that supermarkets are the primary place where the virus is being transmitted
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People who tested positive before showing any symptoms were the most likely to have gone shopping, attended a childcare educational setting or had been out for a meal.

While the number of contacts by exposure was shown to be highest among households and household visitors.

In total approximately 9,789 common locations were reported:

  • Supermarket – 18.3%
  • Secondary school – 12.7%
  • Primary school – 10.1%
  • Hospital – 3.6%
  • Care home – 2.8%
  • College – 2.4%
  • Warehouse – 2.2%
  • Nursery preschool – 1.8%
  • Pub or bar – 1.6%
  • Hospitality – 1.5%
  • University – 1.4%
  • Manufacture engineering – 1.4%
  • Household fewer than five – 1.2%
  • General practice – 1.1%
  • Gym – 1.1%
  • Restaurant or cafe – 1.0%

Mixing households at Christmas poses a risk
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The news comes as scientific advisers warn that mixing households at Christmas poses a risk.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a plan in the next two weeks that could see restrictions being eased for up to five days around December 25.

But SAGE advisor Prof Andrew Hayward told the BBC: “My personal view is we're putting far too much emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas.

"We know respiratory infections peak in January so throwing fuel on the fire over Christmas can only contribute to this."

Prod Gabriel Scally, a member of the unofficial Independent SAGE group, also said: “It's no use having a good Christmas if you're burying friends and relations in the new year."