National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 23 June 2022
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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 increased in several indicators in week 24 of 2022.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) increased in England to 261 in week 24, compared to 170 in the previous week.
"COVID-19 has not gone away and we should all remember to keep up good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Positivity for pillar one laboratory confirmed cases for week 24 was 4.2 per 100,000 population, a slight increase from 3.9 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 24 was 8.20 per 100,000 population, an increase from 6.11 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 remain highest in the North East, with a rate of 12.45 per 100,000 population.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Clinical Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
"We continue to see increases in COVID-19 outbreaks within care homes and hospitalisations among those aged 75 years and over.
"Our data also shows that 17.5 per cent of people aged 75 years and over have not had a vaccine within the past 6 months, putting them more at risk of severe disease.
“We urge everyone in this age group, as well as those living in a care home or who are clinically vulnerable, to ensure they get their spring booster for protection against serious illness.
"COVID-19 has not gone away and we should all remember to keep up good hand and respiratory hygiene. It is also sensible to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, and a high temperature or feel unwell, try to stay at home or away from others – especially elderly or vulnerable people."