Latest figures show Covid rates have risen among almost all adult groups as the UK’s cases soar past 10 million while rates among schoolchildren have trended upwards in the most recent two weeks
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Coronavirus case rates among schoolchildren in England are continuing to rise, with the current rate for five to nine-year-olds at its highest since records began.
In the age group of children aged five to nine, a total of 932.3 new cases per 100,000 people were recorded in the seven days to November 21. This is up week-on-week from 741.8.
Among those aged 10 to 19, the rate is 814.6, up from 712.8.
Rates among schoolchildren have trended upwards in the most recent two weeks, following a dip at the end of October that coincided with the half-term break.
The current rate for five to nine-year-olds is the highest for this age group since data was first published in summer 2020.
The figures, from the Health Security Agency weekly surveillance report, show rates have also increased among all adult groups up to the age of 59.
But levels of Covid-19 have fallen for people aged 60 and over, with rates for the over-80s dropping from 81.0 to 63.6.
The drop in cases for people aged 60 and over may reflect the impact of booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which began to be rolled out to double-jabbed people in the oldest age groups from the end of September.
On a national level, rates have increased in all regions in England except the North East and Yorkshire and Humber.
The South East has the highest rate of Covid cases, at 530.5 cases per 100,000 people, up from 450.5. London has the lowest rate at 318.1, up from 283.9.
Hospital admissions in England are at 6.5 per 100,000 people in the week to November 21, down from 7.7 the previous week.
Admission rates continue to be highest among people aged 85 and over, at 29.9 per 100,000 – though this is down from 40.4.
The latest figures come as the UK’s Covid cases soared past 10 million on Thursday as daily recorded infections hit the highest number in over a month with 47,240.
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Britain has seen a total of 10,021,497 cases.
The data released on Thursday afternoon by the Department of Health shows the last time the daily figure was so high was on October 22, when 49,298 cases were recorded.
Not since the middle of September have daily infections dipped below 30,000 – with today’s number showing a slight 0.9% increase on last Thursday.
The figures also show the death toll has risen by 147 in the latest 24 hour period. It is a slight drop on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and, more encouragingly, is 26%lower than this time last week.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.