Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
2:40 PM 10th June 2021

Weekly National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 10 June 2021

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 increased in week 22 of 2021.

Case rates have increased in most age groups with the biggest increase seen in younger groups.

Case rates in week 22 were highest in those aged 20 to 29, with a case rate of 121.0 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rates were seen in those aged 80 and over with a rate of 6.7 per 100,000 population.

Although case rates have risen in those aged over 60, these have been small increases.

Case rates per 100,000 in week 22 were highest in the North West, at 149.6.

Case rates per 100,000 in week 22 were lowest in the South West, with a rate of 20.8.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 287 in week 22, compared to 280 in the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 is 1.09 per 100,000 in week 22, compared to 0.90 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 in week 22 were highest in the West Midlands with a rate of 1.62.

The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said:

"Once again we are seeing cases rapidly rise across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant. The increase is primarily in younger age groups who are yet to receive the vaccine and we are seeing more hospital admissions.

"The vaccine rollout is a huge success, however there are many millions who still need 1 or 2 doses and protection is not immediate. Therefore, follow the guidance and remember it is safer outside. Practise good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in enclosed spaces."