Daily coronavirus infections soar 62% in a week – but rates in vulnerable over 70s are falling

DAILY coronavirus infections have soared by 62 per cent in a week – but the rate for those over the age 70 are falling, new data show.

The latest Office for National Statistics figures show there were an average of 27,900 new Covid-19 cases per day in England between October 2 and 8.

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The estimated percentage of the population in England testing positive for coronavirus by non-overlapping 14-day periods between May and October

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The estimated percentage of the population in England testing positive for coronavirus by non-overlapping 14-day periods between May and October

This is up from an estimated 17,200 new cases per day for the period from September 25 to October 1.

The figures also show that the current rates of infection are highest in older teenagers and young adults – with smaller increases in all other age groups, except the over 70s.

However, the statisticians cautioned that those in the oldest age category are also the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and are more likely to suffer severe outcomes or die.

An ONS spokesperson said: “There continue to be rises in all age groups, up to and including the 50 to 69-year-olds.

“While positivity is highest in secondary school-aged children and 17 to 24-year-olds, there are now also more signs of growth in the 25 to 69 years age categories.

“Caution should be taken with the 70 years and over age group where we have yet to see the same levels of growth as in other age groups.

“This is based on statistical modelling of nose and throat swab test results.”

Covid-19 infection rates are highest among older teenagers and young adults

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Covid-19 infection rates are highest among older teenagers and young adults
Covid-19 infection rates across the regions of England, with highest rates seen in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East

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Covid-19 infection rates across the regions of England, with highest rates seen in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the North East

The latest ONS figures, published today, also estimated 336,500 people in private households had Covid-19 in the week up to October 8.

This is the equivalent of around 0.62 per cent of the population.

The figures represent a jump from 224,400 people, or 0.41 per cent of the population, who were estimated to have Covid-19 in the previous week of September 25 to October 1.

There continues to be clear evidence of variation in Covid-19 infection rates across the regions of England, the ONS said.

The highest rates are in north-west England, Yorkshire & the Humber, and north-east England, which have all seen “steep increases” in recent weeks.

The lowest rates are in south-west England, eastern England and south-east England.

The figures do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

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