National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 14 July 2022
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The main points from this week’s national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:
Surveillance indicators suggest that, at a national level, COVID-19 activity has increased in several indicators in week 27 of 2022.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) increased in England to 537 in week 27, compared to 504 in the previous week.
Positivity for pillar one laboratory confirmed cases for week 27 was 9.4 per 100,000 population, a slight increase from 9.3 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 27 was 17.90 per 100,000 population, an increase from 15.74 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 remain highest in the West Midlands, with a rate of 24.45 per 100,000 population.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Clinical Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
"COVID-19 case rates and hospitalisations continue to rise, although the rate of increase appears to be slowing. Those aged 75 and over who have not taken up the offer of the spring booster put themselves at risk of severe disease.
"We urge all those who are eligible for the spring booster to take up the offer as soon as possible. Anyone who has not yet had their first or second dose, should also get up to date with their jabs to give themselves the best possible protection.
"To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, try to meet up outdoors or in well ventilated spaces and remember to keep up good hand hygiene and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It is also sensible to wear a face covering if you are in crowded, enclosed spaces. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, and a high temperature or feel unwell, try to stay at home or away from others – especially elderly or vulnerable people."