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 remained stable across week 11 of 2021.
Case rates have increased across those aged 5 to 19 and have fallen in all other age groups.
Case rates are now highest in those aged 10 to 19, with a case rate of 100.7 per 100,000 population.
The lowest case rates continue to be in those aged 70 to 79, with a rate of 13.3 per 100,000 population.
Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions except Yorkshire and the Humber, where they continue to be highest at 110.4.
Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West, with a rate of 28.4.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 233 in week 10, compared to 260 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen and was 3.49 per 100,000 in week 11, compared to 4.68 per 100,000 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 have fallen across all regions.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 continue to be highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a rate of 5.04.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England said:
Case rates have plateaued in most parts of the country, and in younger age groups infections have begun to rise once again. We must not drop our guard now after so much effort by so many. We need only look to Europe to see how easy it is for things to take a turn for the worse.
From Monday, people are able to meet outside in private gardens in groups of 6 from multiple households or an unlimited number from 2 households. We are all looking forward to being able to see loved ones. However, please remember that this virus spreads through contact. So continue to keep your distance, wash your hands more thoroughly and regularly than usual and stay outside.