National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 26 May 2022
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 (including case rates and hospital admissions) has decreased in week 20 of 2022.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) increased slightly in England to 129 in week 20, compared to 127 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 20 was 5.68 per 100,000 population, down from 6.89 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the North East, with a rate of 11.69 per 100,000 population.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and over.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Clinical Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
"The continuing decline in case rates and hospitalisations is good news, but it’s still essential to get vaccinated. If you’ve yet to take up the offer of a vaccine or have missed your latest jab please come forward now.
"If you are in a crowded, enclosed space it is still sensible to wear a face covering, and remember to keep washing your hands regularly. 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."