Analysis by Sky News of Public Health England data shows that when lockdown was eased at the beginning of July people aged over 80 accounted for 10% of all new cases.

However a new change shows those in their 20s and 30s now make up almost half of new infections.

The same pattern has emerged in many European countries, as well as Australia and Japan, prompting the World Health Organisation to say that the pandemic has entered a new phase.

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