- The ONS today estimated that 658,800 people in England had covid on 25 September, a 6.2% increase from the previous week
- The analysis showed that the virus was most prevalent among children aged 11 to 16, who returned to school this month
- Some 4.6% of them are estimated to be infected – the equivalent of one infected student in every class
- Meanwhile, Staffordshire County Council today urged 500 schools to reimpose infection control measures
- And data from the UK Health Protection Agency showed that the R rate increased for the first time in six weeks.
One in 20 children in England were infected with Covid on any given day last week, with official figures today showing that a fourth wave may be just around the corner.
The Office for National Statistics today estimated that 658,800 people in England had the virus on 25 September, up 6.2 percent from the previous weekly figure. And separate data from the UK’s Health Protection Agency showed today that the upper-end estimate of the R rate has risen for the first time in six weeks.
The analysis showed that the virus was most prevalent among children aged 11 to 16, with 4.6 percent of them estimated to be infected – the equivalent of roughly one infected student in every class.
With the outbreak spreading since pupils went back in early September, some scientists have urged secondary schools to immediately reintroduce face masks to prevent infection to the rest of the population.
Meanwhile, Staffordshire County Council bosses today urged 500 schools to be ‘proactive’ and re-implement infection control measures that were abolished by No10 in mid-May, including bubbles and contact-tracing Were.
An analysis of official data from MailOnline today suggested that vaccine rates among older teens have stalled by about 55 percent. Experts said this came as no surprise as so many teenagers had already caught Covid that they didn’t think they needed a jab.
The ONS data, which is closely watched by ministers, barely turned up any other age group last week, despite a flurry of other official figures suggesting the outbreak began to spread among adults in their thirties, forties and fifties. It is done.
A scientist behind one of the country’s largest COVID surveillance studies warned yesterday that the infection is now moving up the ‘generation ladder’.
Graphs show Office for National Statistics estimates for the percentage of people who tested positive in England for various age groups from 15 August to 25 September. The virus was most prevalent in children between the ages of 11 and 16, of whom 4.6 percent guessed. got infected – the equivalent of approximately one infected student in each class
Graphs show the percentage of people testing positive in the four UK countries each week from 15 August to 25 September. Infections are believed to be rising in England and Wales, but falling in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Only 55 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds had taken their first dose by September 26 (heading week 38), a number that had barely risen over the past three weeks. New UK Health Protection Agency data shows the increase in age group at the beginning of August was around 20 per cent
The estimated rate of infection in England is more than 2.8 per cent among 11 to 16-year-olds who were thought to have been infected a week earlier.
Official data shows that vaccine intake among 16 to 18-year-olds has stopped by 55%
According to UK government data, coronavirus vaccines in older adolescents appear to be already on hold.
The latest data shows that only 55 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds in England had taken their first dose by 26 September, which had barely risen in the past three weeks.
The analysis was revealed in the new UK Health Protection Agency weekly report, which today ended Public Health England’s pandemic duties.
This showed that the uptake in the age group was around 20 percent at the beginning of August. That rose to 50 percent in three weeks after the vaccine rollout was expanded to all older teens on August 19.
But progress appears to have stalled in recent weeks, with only a five or so percent increase in September.
Experts said they weren’t surprised by the plateau because many teens ‘don’t feel they need vaccination’ or ‘they aren’t sure it’s safe’.
All age groups have seen a natural stagnation in uptake, the range being much higher in older age groups, which are more susceptible to severe COVID-19.
For example, the maximum limit was about 90 percent in the 70s, 80 percent in people over the age of 50, and about 60 percent in their forties, although these numbers are still increasing very slowly.
Children aged two to 10 have the next highest positivity rate, with one in 40 (2.6 percent) carrying the virus on any given day in the previous week, up from 2.3 percent a week ago.
Cases are also rising, though slowly, among more than 70 infected, an estimated 0.5 percent, compared to 0.4 percent last week.
But cases are falling or are flat in all other age groups, the ONS estimates.
Among 17- to 24-year-olds, 1.1 percent were considered to have covid, down from 1.5 percent in the previous week, while 0.6 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds had the virus in the previous week, a drop of 0.7 percent.
Meanwhile, 0.8 percent of those aged 35 to 49 had the coronavirus and 0.7 percent of those aged 50 to 69 — the same as last week.
The surge in cases among youth groups prompted Staffordshire County Council to ask schools to roll back sweeping measures to control the outbreak in the area, which has seen a 28.8 percent increase in infections in a week.
The council said that students should wear face coverings, while staff should stay 2 meters away from students. And there doesn’t have to be an all-staff meeting or an all-school…