The ONS says there has been a “significant increase” in the rate of new infections in the past six weeks.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in England has “risen sharply”, according to the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.
There was an average of 17,200 new cases per day in private homes between 25 September and 1 October – compared to 12,600 new cases per day last week from 18-24 September.
The ONS said there had been a “significant increase” in the rate of new infections in the past six weeks, which is now the highest since the study began in May.
These figures do not include people living in other facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes.
The ONS said the highest rates of infection are now among young adults and adults – from school year 12 to 24 years – where “rates have grown very rapidly in recent weeks”.
The second highest rates are among high school children – seven to 11 school years.
There has been an increase in other age groups, the ONS said, but “to a lesser extent”.
And there is a clear difference between the regions, where the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber have been most affected and have all seen significant increases in recent weeks.
Some regions outside the southeast of England (excluding London) have experienced a slight increase in infection rates, the ONS reported.
In Wales, an estimated 6,100 people in private homes had COVID-19 between 25 September and 1 October – equivalent to one in 500 people.
The ONS said that while infections have risen in Wales over the past month and a half, the trend is likely to decline.
However, he urged to monitor the results due to the small number of tests within the study sample.
For the first time the ONS gave an estimate of Northern Ireland, where one in 500 people in private homes was estimated to have COVID-19 in two weeks from September 18 to October 1.