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3:42 PM 29th July 2021
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Weekly National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 29 July 2021

National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

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 in week 29 of 2021.

Case rates continued to be highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a 7-day rate of 657.6 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rates were in those aged 80 and above, with a 7-day rate of 65.8 per 100,000 population.

Seven-day case rates per 100,000 population decreased across all regions.

Seven-day case rates per 100,000 population were highest in the North East at 520.9.

Case rates per 100,000 were lowest in the East of England, with a 7-day rate of 298.7.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 600 in week 29, compared to 725 in the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for week 29 was 7.06 per 100,000 population, in the previous week it was 6.06 per 100,000 population.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the North East, with a rate of 14.69 per 100,000 population.

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

"Case rates remain high across the country, and we continue to monitor the data closely

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

"If you are heading off on holiday in the UK this summer, remember it is safer to socialise outside and you should test yourself twice a week with free rapid tests. If you are travelling abroad make sure to check the rules for the country you are going to and remember, just because you’re away, please continue to be cautious. Find out what you need to do when you return to England and book any tests or quarantine hotel packages you need.

"Case rates remain high across the country, and we continue to monitor the data closely so we can understand how the pandemic is progressing. The pandemic is certainly not over, and I continue to urge caution."