Coronavirus in numbers: 149 UK deaths recorded
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In the past, the Coronavirus surveillance report has revealed that the capital has been the epicentre of the pandemic- twice. In January of this year it recorded 990 positive cases for every 1000,000, and this was increasing. That was until now.
The latest report reveals that London as well as Yorkshire & the Humber are the only two regions across the country where cases are not rising.
This has decreased massively in comparison to January to only 247.3 cases per 100,000.
On the other end of the scale, it is South-west England that has the highest rate with 481.7 cases per 100,000.
Cases in this region seem to be on a sharp increase week-by-week.
Closely behind, the East Midlands has the second highest rate at 360.9, which has increased from 351.5 compared to a week earlier.
This increase in cases is also not just limited to specific age groups.
With the exception of children aged four and under and adults between the ages of 20 and 39, cases are on the up.
The most prevalent was 10 to 19 year-olds.
This age group has seen the largest increase in infections from 472.5 to 616.5 per 100,000 people in seven days to August 22nd.
Areas such as the West Midlands are also seeing a rise in hospital admissions.
The most likely to be admitted remains in those aged 85 and above.
As of data collected on August 25th there were 149 fatalities and 35,847 infections, which was up from 94 deaths and 35,663 a week prior.
Alicia Demirjian, incident director for COVID-19 at Public Health England, told Sky News: “Cases of COVID-19 are still high, especially among young people.
“If you are heading to a festival or other event this bank holiday weekend, to protect your friends and others we encourage you to take a free rapid test before you leave to check that you do not have the virus.”
This advice comes on the weekend of Reading and Leeds Festival, which is taking place from the 27-29th August.
Although restrictions on the capacity of the festival are in place, 40,000 people will gather in Reading alone this weekend.
With the return to schools happening next week, September is going to be a crucial month for COVID-19 rates.
Meanwhile St John Ambulance have announced that vaccination programmes will keep running throughout the winter months.
COVID-19 volunteers will administer flu jabs as well as Covid boosters to those who are vulnerable.
The current vaccination programme is estimated to have directly averted between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths so far, according to PHE data.
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