12:08 PM 3rd September 2021
Weekly National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 2 September 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 has been stable in week 34 of 2021.
Case rates were highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a 7-day rate of 464.80 per 100,000 population.
The lowest case rates were in those aged 80 and above, with a 7-day rate of 110.3 per 100,000 population.
Seven-day case rates per 100,000 population were highest in the South West at 362.9.
Case rates per 100,000 were lowest in London with a 7-day rate of 226.8.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 448 in week 34, compared to 439 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 34 was 7.02 per 100,000 population, in the previous week it was 7.90 per 100,000 population.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the West Midlands, with a rate of 8.39 per 100,000 population.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said:
"Cases remain high although fairly stable across the country. In the coming days and weeks, testing to return to school will detect cases of COVID-19 infection acquired during the summer holidays.
"Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms at all. LFD testing can detect these cases and prevent onward transmission through self isolation. We encourage all secondary school and college students, including those that are now vaccinated, to take part in the return-to-school testing programme.
"We know that schools reflect what is happening in the local community and so we should all remain cautious in our behaviour as they reopen. Meet outdoors where possible, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and when using public or school transport, get a PCR test if you are a close contact of a confirmed case and take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce the risk of transmission."