4:32 PM 13th January 2022
National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 13 January 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 decreased in some indicators with case rates decreasing in most groups.
Increases were observed by region in the North East in week 1 of 2022, COVID-19 hospitalisations remained stable and deaths with COVID-19 increased in the most recent week.
The overall number of reported acute respiratory incidents decreased in the past week in England. Changes in testing and population mixing patterns over the last few weeks call for a cautious interpretation of these results.
Case rates were highest in those aged 20 to 29, with a weekly rate of 1,903.3 per 100,000 population.
The lowest case rates were in those aged 80 and above, with a weekly rate of 602.8 per 100,000 population.
Overall daily case rates and hospital admissions continue to be high.
Weekly case rates per 100,000 population were highest in the North East at 2,350.8.
Case rates per 100,000 were lowest in the South West with a weekly rate of 1,172.1.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 1,450 in week 1, compared to 1,517 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 1 was 19.03 per 100,000 population, in the previous week it was 19.12 per 100,000 population.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the North East, with a rate of 28.42 per 100,000 population.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.
Dr. Alicia Demirjian, COVID-19 Public Health Incident Director at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
"Overall daily case rates and hospital admissions continue to be high. To protect our loved ones and our health service, it’s still essential that everyone takes all necessary steps to contain this virus. In particular, please get your vaccination or booster jab if you haven’t already."