One in 65 people had Covid in England last week as cases began to rise again, official data shows

The Covid crisis in England started to pick up again last week, official data today show after two weeks of declining cases.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that about 862,300 people contracted the virus on any given day of the week to November 20, up 4.5 percent from 824,900 the week before.

The weekly surveillance report, based on random swabs from thousands of Britons, suggested that one in 65 people had been infected during the week.

The numbers add to the many reports released yesterday suggesting that infection levels across the country are rising again – although the spike is caused by unvaccinated children.

The ZOE symptom-finding study estimated that 76,728 people got sick each day in the week ending Nov. 20, based on test results from about 750,000 volunteers.

And separate data from the UK Health Security Agency showed today that the number of cases rose in three quarters of England’s local authorities last week.

The agency’s weekly surveillance report found that overall positive cases increased by eight percent, from 223,000 in the week ending Nov. 14 to last week.

Meanwhile, government dashboard data — which provides a snapshot of current infection levels — began to soften cases yesterday.

Health ministry bosses reported 47,240 new infections, up just 0.9 percent from last Thursday’s figure of 46,807.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that about 862,300 people contracted the virus on any given day in the week to November 20, up 4.5 percent from 824,900 the week before.

The ONS figures show that the proportion of people who tested positive increased last week for students from 12th grade to 24 years of age and for those aged 25 to 34 years.

The ONS figures show that the proportion of people who tested positive increased last week for students from 12th grade to 24 years of age and for those aged 25 to 34 years.

The percentage of people who tested positive for Covid continued to fluctuate across regions in England last week, increasing in the North East, East Midlands and South East and declining in the East of England

The percentage of people who tested positive for Covid continued to fluctuate across regions in England last week, increasing in the North East, East Midlands and South East and declining in the East of England

Sajid Javid warns ‘the pandemic is far from over’ amid fears of ANOTHER Christmas lockdown

Sajid Javid warned today that the pandemic is “far from over” after No10’s experts admitted that the new supermutant, vaccine-avoiding Botswana Covid variant could already be in the UK and threaten another Christmas lockdown.

In a bleak statement to MPs in the House of Commons this morning, the health minister said the new strain B.1.1.529 – which has been spotted in Europe – poses a “significant risk to public health” and described its ultra-transmissibility and vaccine-producing capabilities. dodge as a ‘huge international concern’.

Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI), previously raised the prospect of reintroducing lockdown restrictions and warned people should brace for a ‘change in restrictions’ if the variant develops. spread to the UK.

dr. Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the UK’s Health and Security Agency (UKHSA), warned it was “possible” the species has already entered Britain.

She said “people are arriving every day” to the UK from Belgium, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, where the variant has been officially detected.

About 10,000 people have arrived from South Africa alone in the past two weeks since the tribe was first discovered.

Mr Javid insisted no cases of the tension have been confirmed in the UK, but warned the government is working quickly but with a ‘high degree of uncertainty’ and boosters couldn’t be more important now.

The ONS figures show that the proportion of people who tested positive increased last week for students from the 12th grade to the age of 24 and for the age groups 25 to 34 years.

The percentage of people who tested positive declined in the two weeks to November 20 for 7th grade to 11th grade students and for those over 70, but the trend was uncertain in the most recent week. For all other age groups, the trend was uncertain last week.

In the week ending November 20, 2021, it was highest for those between the ages of two who entered sixth grade and those entering grades 7 through 11, at 3.69 percent and 3, respectively. 53 percent.

The percentage of people who tested positive for Covid continued to fluctuate across regions in England last week, rising in the North East, East Midlands and South East and declining in the East of England.

In the two weeks to 20 November 2021, the percentage of positive tests also declined in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber and the South West, but the trend was “uncertain” in the most recent week, the ONS said.

Meanwhile, ZOE data yesterday suggested that England’s R-rate – the average number of people an infected person will pass the virus to – is estimated to be around 1.1 for the whole of the UK, but slightly lower in Scotland (1.0). .

Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist from King’s College London behind the study, warned that cases were ‘too high’ and that this was not the time ‘to paint the UK as a Covid success story’.

The number of cases rose by 18 per cent compared to last week’s estimate, meaning one in 66 Britons had a symptomatic infection at some point.

Cases are now caused by unvaccinated people, the KCL team said, with 52,509 cases last week in those who had not been stung at all or had only one dose.

Infections increase most rapidly in young people under the age of 18, many of whom are not eligible for injections. Cases in children were described as ‘the leading cause of recovery in overall numbers’.

Professor Spector said: ‘It is really discouraging to see the number of cases increasing again and the recent ups and downs, unlike previous waves, make it difficult to predict where things will be from week to week. For me, however, the message is that the cases are still far too high.

“While we seem to be doing better than some European countries for the time being in terms of the number of cases, the UK still has a relatively high number of hospitalizations and deaths, which is a real cause for concern.

“Given the current overload on our hospitals, now is not the time to portray the UK as a Covid success story, far from it.

“While the rise in new cases is being driven by children, it would be a mistake to focus on them in the short term.”

Symptomatic Covid cases rose by nearly a fifth last week and more than 76,000 Britons got sick every day, according to ZOE symptom-finding study

Symptomatic Covid cases rose by nearly a fifth last week and more than 76,000 Britons got sick every day, according to ZOE symptom-finding study

Map shows the increase in infection rates at local authorities across England in the week ending November 14
Map shows the increase in infection rates at local authorities across England in the week ending November 21

The UK Health Security Agency’s weekly surveillance report shows that the number of Covid infections rose in three quarters of England’s local authorities last week, from the week ending November 14 (left) to last week (right)

He continued: ‘While the government is unlikely to impose restrictions before Christmas, family gatherings will undoubtedly increase the risk, especially for older and more frail relatives who have not yet had their third vaccine dose.

“Saving Christmas is up to us. Those of us who qualify for the third shot should be taking it now, and we should keep in mind that one in four people with cold symptoms has Covid.

“Consider the risks and keep your family out of the hospital during the holidays.”

Data from the Ministry of Health showed yesterday that the number of cases continues to rise. It was the seventh day in a row that the number of cases has increased, but the first time since November 10 that the percentage has fallen below one.

Data also showed that yesterday, 147 people died within 24 hours of a positive Covid test, more than a quarter (26.1 percent) compared to 199 last week.

And hospital admissions continue to fall, with 745 recorded on Sunday, the latest date data available for. It was 6.8 percent lower on Sunday.

Experts believe that the difference between the recent rise in cases in Britain compared to falling deaths and hospitalizations is explained by the fact that the spike in cases is caused by school-age children who are less vulnerable to the disease. virus.

According to separate figures from the UK Health Security Agency released today, the number of infections among all people over 60 has fallen in the past week. The agency’s weekly surveillance report found that cases rose in three quarters of England’s local authorities last week.

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