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 in week 15 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 42.3 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 remain highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, at 45.0.

Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 13.9.

The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 97 in week 15, compared to 92 in the previous week.

Seroprevalence data indicates that around 60.5% of the population have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from either infection or vaccination, compared to 15.8% from infection alone.

The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen – it was 1.52 per 100,000 in week 15, compared to 1.88 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a rate of 2.47.

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

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

Our actions are helping to reduce the spread of the virus with case rates falling in every age group. It is essential we all continue following the guidance to ensure this continues. We are moving in the right direction, let’s keep going.

The simple ways you can help to keep the virus under control remain the same, practise ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’, get free rapid tests delivered to your home, do not mix with others if unwell and get the vaccine as soon as you are offered.