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Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published

Public Health England

April 8
13:26 2021

Latest update

The main points from this weeks national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:

Surveillance indicators suggest that at a national level COVID-19 activity decreased in week 13 of 2021.

Case rates have fallen across all age groups.

Case rates continue to be highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a case rate of 54.3 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rates continue to be in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 7.2 per 100,000 population.

Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions and remain highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, at 66.9.

Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 15.5.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 140 in week 13, compared to 294 in the previous week.

Seroprevalence data indicates that around 46.4% of the population have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from either infection or vaccination, compared to 14.5% from infection alone.

In the 70 to 84 years age group, around 93.5% had antibodies from either infection or vaccination compared to 4.7% from infection alone.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen it was 2.09 per 100,000 in week 13, compared to 2.75 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 have fallen across all regions.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a rate of 3.34.

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

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

It is encouraging that the data continues to go in the right direction, but we know how quickly the virus can spread.

We have come a long way since the start of the year, and the terrible peak we saw during the winter, largely thanks to the countrys grit and determination. Whatever your plans next week, please remember to follow the rules and take up your vaccine when offered one. Lets not blow it now.

Previous updates

Thursday 1 April 2021

The main points from this weeks national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:

Surveillance indicators suggest that at a national level COVID-19 activity remained stable across week 12 of 2021.

Overall case rates decreased slightly, however slight increases were seen in case rates in the 10 to 19 year age group in the past 3 weeks, mostly among children of younger secondary age. This is likely to reflect the impact of schools reopening which occurred in week 10 and the mass testing programme in secondary schools.

Case rates are highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a case rate of 109.8 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rates continue to be in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 10.7 per 100,000 population.

Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions and remain highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, at 109.1.

Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 28.4.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 294 in week 12, compared to 233 in the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen and was 2.70 per 100,000 in week 12, compared to 3.58 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 have fallen across all regions.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are now highest in the West Midlands, with a rate of 4.04.

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

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

This long weekend many of us will be out and about, seeing friends and family for the first time in months. Case rates are still high in certain places. Whatever you are doing, I urge you to continue the good practise of washing your hands, wearing a face covering where needed, keeping your distance and staying outside when mixing with others.

Advice to shield has now relaxed. You can mix outside with 5 others or in 2 households, keep to these guidelines, they are there to protect us and you could be saving someones life by reducing transmission.

Thursday 25 March 2021

The main points from this weeks national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:

Surveillance indicators suggest that at a national level COVID-19 activity remained stable across week 11 of 2021.

Case rates have increased across those aged 5 to 19 and have fallen in all other age groups.

Case rates are now highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a case rate of 100.7 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rates continue to be in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 13.3 per 100,000 population.

Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions except Yorkshire and the Humber, where they continue to be highest at 110.4.

Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 28.4.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 233 in week 10, compared to 260 in the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen and was 3.49 per 100,000 in week 11, compared to 4.68 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 have fallen across all regions.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 continue to be highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a rate of 5.04.

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

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

Case rates have plateaued in most parts of the country, and in younger age groups infections have begun to rise once again. We must not drop our guard now after so much effort by so many. We need only look to Europe to see how easy it is for things to take a turn for the worse.

From Monday, people are able to meet outside in private gardens in groups of 6 from multiple households or an unlimited number from 2 households. We are all looking forward to being able to see loved ones. However, please remember that this virus spreads through contact. So continue to keep your distance, wash your hands more thoroughly and regularly than usual and stay outside.

Thursday 18 March 2021

The main points from this weeks national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:

Surveillance indicators suggest that at a national level COVID-19 activity continued to decrease across the majority of indicators in week 10 of 2021.

Case rates have increased across the younger age groups in those aged between 0 and 19 and fallen in those aged 20 and above.

Case rates continue to be highest in those aged 30 to 39; they have fallen in week 10 to 82.7 per 100,000 population.

The lowest case rate was in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 population.

Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions except Yorkshire and the Humber where they continue to be highest at 107.9

Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West with a rate of 30.3.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 260 in week 10, compared to 311 in the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen and was 4.63 per 100,000 in week 10, compared to 6.12 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 have fallen across all regions.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are now highest in Yorkshire and the Humber with a rate of 6.64.

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

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

The very last thing we want is for people to become complacent as rates of COVID fall. This virus is very much still here and with it the risk of serious illness and death. We have been here before and we do not want rates to go up again, which we are seeing in some areas of the country. Dropping our guard now could lead to another dangerous wave.

The vaccine does not give you a pass; even if you have had it, you must continue to follow all the guidelines. Please continue to play your part by reducing unnecessary contact, washing your hands, keeping your distance and covering your nose and mouth.

Thursday 11 March 2021

The main points from this weeks national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:

Surveillance indicators suggest that COVID-19 activity decreased nationally in week 9 of 2021, from 1 to 7 March.

Case rates have decreased across all age groups, with the highest rate 88.9 per 100,000 population seen in those aged 30 to 39.

The lowest case rate was in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 20.2 per 100,000 population.

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