Covid: 1 in 50 thought to be infected in England, data shows

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Covid corruption levels are continuing to emergence successful England, with much than 1.1 cardinal radical thought to person had the microorganism successful the astir caller week, information has revealed.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, based connected swabs from randomly selected households, about 1 successful 50 radical successful England – 2% of the colonisation – had Covid successful the week ending 24 September, an summation from 1 successful 65 the week before.

Increases were seen successful each parts of England successful the astir caller week, with levels highest successful the north-east, astatine astir 1 successful 40 people. Infection levels were top successful those aged 70 and over, besides astatine astir 1 successful 40 people, and person risen successful children aged 2 years to schoolhouse twelvemonth 6 and successful adults aged 35 and over.

While corruption levels person besides risen successful the astir caller week successful Northern Ireland, the inclination successful Scotland and Wales is unclear.

Sarah Crofts, the lawman manager for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said corruption levels successful England are reaching those past seen successful mid-August.

“Among the over-70s, determination has been a marked summation successful infections successful England this week, a inclination which we volition intimately show arsenic the wintertime months progress,” she said.

The figures travel aft a study released connected Thursday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed different signs that England was experiencing a caller question of Covid, with infirmary admissions rates successful the south-west showing a 250% summation since mid-September.

Dr Susan Hopkins, the main aesculapian advisor astatine the UK Health Security Agency, urged radical to instrumentality idiosyncratic enactment to curb the dispersed of Covid – including wearing look coverings.

“This week’s information shows concerning further increases successful Covid-19 cases and hospitalisation rates, which are present astatine their highest level successful months. Outbreaks successful hospitals and attraction homes are besides connected the rise,” she said.

“Make definite you person immoderate Covid-19 vaccinations you are eligible for and debar interaction with others if you consciousness unwell oregon person symptoms of a respiratory infection.

“If you are unwell, it is peculiarly important to debar interaction with aged radical oregon those who are much apt to person terrible illness due to the fact that of their ongoing wellness conditions.

“If you person symptoms of a respiratory infection, wearing a look covering volition besides assistance halt infections spreading.”