Weekly National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 29 April 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 decreased slightly in week 16 of 2021.
Case rates continue to be highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a case rate of 45.5 per 100,000 population. A slight increase compared to the previous week.
The lowest case rates were in those aged 80 and above, with a rate of 6.3 per 100,000 population.
Case rates per 100,000 remain highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, at 44.7.
Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 14.2.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 106 in week 16, compared to 97 in the previous week.
Seroprevalence data indicates around 63.3% of the population have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from either infection or vaccination, compared to 16.0% from infection alone.
The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen – it was 1.24 per 100,000 in week 16, compared to 1.48 per 100,000 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a rate of 1.75.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said:
"The overall rate of hospital admissions continues to fall and the level of COVID-19 in the community is similar to last week. Our actions are working but we need to keep driving down cases and cannot become complacent as restrictions gradually lift.
"We now know the vaccine reduces the risk of passing the virus on to others. Therefore, the simplest way you can help is to get the vaccine as soon as possible when offered and by following the ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ guidance at all times."