- EXCLUSIVE: Data from the Department of Health shows that cases are increasing in children aged between 35 and 50 in England
- Infection among children has already increased in view of the return of schools from summer vacations
- Experts said an increase in older age groups was likely because children were passing the virus to their parents.
Children are beginning to spread the coronavirus again to their parents, official figures show amid fears a fourth wave may be imminent.
Health Department figures show England’s infection rate has been rising for a fortnight, after millions of students returned to classes at the beginning of the month. But infections were only rising among young people, with evidence that the reopening of schools was to blame.
Government figures now show, however, that rates are beginning to rise in 35- to 39-year-olds, 40 to 44-year-olds and 45 to 50-year-olds, suggesting that children may have carried the virus home with them. .
Experts have always warned of a new wave after the return of schools, where most have not been vaccinated. In the worst-affected parts of the country, one in 24 children tested positive last week alone.
Scientists say the increase in adults could be the result of millions more Britons returning to offices this month following the end of work from home guidance.
The above graph shows the COVID infection rate per 100,000 people in different age groups. They are calculated as per week rates to allow for comparison. The data showed that 10- to 14-year-olds (yellow) had the highest infection rates as of September 21, the latest available, followed by 15 to 19-year-olds (green) and 5 to 9-year-olds (green). red) is in place. )
The above graph shows the week-on-week percentage change in the COVID infection rate by age group. This suggests that cases are increasing rapidly in 10 to 14 year olds (yellow) and 15 to 19 year olds (red). There has been a 13 percent increase in cases in one week for children between 40 and 44 years (yellow), 45 to 49 years old (green) and 15 to 19 years (dark green). There was a slight increase in cases week-to-week among 0 to 4 year olds (black) and 5 to 9 year olds (light red).
England COVID Cases: The above graph shows the Covid cases in England. These have started growing late in the school wave in recent times.
ENGLAND COVID DEATHS: The graph above shows the number of virus deaths recorded in England. These have remained flat, but there is a lag between someone catching the virus and, sadly, dying of the disease.
Health department data shows the infection rate among children aged 40 to 44 was 361.2 positive tests per 100,000 people in the week ending September 21, up from 318.1 to 13 percent in the last seven days. was more.
For children ages 45 to 49, the rate was 300.9 per 100,000 in the latest week, up 13 percent from the previous week’s 264.4. And for 35- to 39-year-olds, the infection rate was 276.2, up slightly from 267.6 previously.
But the rate was still falling, albeit at a slower rate, in every other age group except children.
Catering becomes England’s new Covid hotspot
Catering is now England’s Covid hotspot. Above are the cases in the area on which the test was taken
Official figures show that Catering now has the highest Covid infection rate in England.
The market town of Northamptonshire has seen a surge in its cases in the wake of the return of schools.
Its coronavirus infection rate stood at 823.8 cases per 100,000 people on September 21, the latest available, nearly double the rate a week earlier.
The massive surge has been prompted by school-age children, with one in 24 in the region testing positive for the virus last week.
Experts have warned that almost every child in the country could be vulnerable to the virus.
The second highest infection rate in the country is in Allerdale in the Lake District, where it is 702.2 per 100,000.
and rugby, in Warwickshire, has the third highest rate at 686.9 per 100,000.
It was as high as 1,261.7 per 100,000 for 10- to 14-year-olds, meaning 1.2 percent of all youth in the age group tested positive in the most recent week of data. The rate of infection was highest in the age group last week.
There was also a slight increase in cases in 0 to 4 year olds, 5 to 9 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds.
The most up-to-date data on the dashboard only goes as far as September 21, and the infection rate may still change as more cases are reported in the coming days.
Dr Simon Clark, a microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline that it was likely that there was an increase in older age infections by Covid-infected children returning home from school.
He warned that the increase showed ministers ‘cannot be satisfied’ about rising infections among younger age groups, and said cases were set to rise in autumn and winter. But he added that a huge jump in hospitalizations and deaths is unlikely thanks to the vaccines.
Dr Clark said: ‘It is likely that they’ [Covid cases] The kids have gone. Parents have protection from the vaccine, but we know that protection is not complete.’
Professor Gary McLean, a molecular immunologist at London Metropolitan University, said that there was a possibility of Kovid spreading in the home due to social distancing and lack of face masks.
He told MailOnline that the country could expect a fourth wave, adding: ‘Children in the age group who pass the virus are often more likely to go back to work or go out where there is no social distancing , spread it among themselves.
‘We’ve been hovering around 30 to 40,000 daily cases for quite some time … but as the weather worsens and people spend more time indoors, I think the potential for cases to rise is really high.
‘I hope there will be a fourth wave, which will have a lot of older people who are more vulnerable [to experiencing a] Decline in immunity.
He said the slow pace of the booster program is unlikely to stop the wave of infections…