Weekly National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 8 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 increased in week 26 of 2021.
Case rates rose in all age groups with the most significant increase seen in younger age groups.
Case rates continued to be highest in those aged 20 to 29, with a 7-day rate of 614.3 per 100,000 population.
The lowest case rates were in those aged 80 and above, with a 7-day rate of 27.9 per 100,000 population.
Seven-day case rates per 100,000 population increased across all regions.
Seven-day case rates per 100,000 population were highest in the North East at 615.4.
Case rates per 100,000 were lowest in the East of England, with a 7-day rate of 166.4.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 623 in week 26, compared to 494 in the previous week.
Seroprevalence data indicates that approximately 84.2% of blood donors aged 17 and over have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from either infection or vaccination, compared to 14.9% from infection alone.
The hospital admission rate for week 26 was 2.65 per 100,000 population, in the previous week it was 1.97 per 100,000 population.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the North West, with a rate of 6.29 per 100,000 population.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.
Cases continue to rise in all areas. We must remember the pandemic is not over.
Dr William Welfare, Incident Director for COVID-19 at Public Health England, said:
"Cases continue to rise in all areas. We must remember the pandemic is not over. It remains important that we all practise ‘hands, face space, fresh air’. If you are symptomatic, get a PCR test.
"The vaccines work and are protecting tens of millions of people in this country. You need both vaccine doses to have the maximum protection. Do not hesitate, everyone over 18 can now book to have their first dose of vaccine."