Covid cases rising fastest among people in the 20s

Covid cases are rising fastest among people in their 20s, new figures show.

Infection rates in England are rising among all age groups but it is those in the 20 to 29 category that are most affected, according to Public Health England.

The rate of cases in this age group stood at 842.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 3, up week-on-week from 603.6.

Among 30 to 39 year-olds the rate rose from 621.2 to 813.0, and for 40 to 49-year-olds it rose from 589.0 to 737.8.

Case rates for 10 to 19-year-olds stood at 434.8, up from 356.8. The lowest rates were recorded among those aged four and under (193.9) and five to nine (206.0).

PHE’s weekly surveillance report also showed Covid-19 case rates are continuing to rise in all regions of England.

London’s rate of new cases stood at 904.8 per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 3, up from 864.6 in the previous week.

Despite this, some experts have said there might be early signs of the rate of infection levelling off in the capital in recent days.

Eastern England saw the second highest rate (737.8, up from 606.3) followed by south-east England (654.8, up from 511.2). Yorkshire & the Humber had the lowest rate at 294.6, up from 198.1.

It’s the latest sign that the outbreak dramatically worsened over the Christmas period. Earlier the latest Test and trace figures showed cases jumped by a quarter in the last week of 2020. More than 300,000 people tested positive for Covid, the highest weekly figure since Test and Trace began in May.

Yesterday saw the deadliest day of the second wave – with 1,041 new deaths reported – and 62,322 new cases, another record high.

PHE’s report also revealed that the rate of hospital admissions has climbed from 21.51 per 100,000 to 27.6 in a week.

Hospital admission rates for coronavirus have increased in all regions and London is the highest with a rate of 43.38. The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85.

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