According to the state health authority, the case rates of Covid-19 in England have increased in children and adolescents.
In its most recent weekly surveillance report, Public Health England (PHE) said the rate for 10 to 19 year olds was 100.7 cases per 100,000 for the seven days leading up to March 21.
This was the highest rate among the age groups, increasing from 79.7 the previous week.
Among five to nine year olds, the fall rate rose from 39.9 to 63.5 per 100,000. For children under four years of age, however, the rate fell from 34.9 to 32.4.
All other age groups had seen rates decrease from week to week.
The weekly data suggests that around one in five people aged 16 to 49 in England has likely received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Numbers from NHS England suggest that an estimated 22.2% of people in that age group had received their first sting by March 21st.
The numbers also suggest that an estimated 87% of people aged 50 and over in England had received their first dose at the same time.
Currently only children at very high risk of serious infections are offered a sting.
Oxford University is conducting a clinical trial in children ages six to 17 to test the safety and effectiveness of their vaccine in younger age groups. The first results are expected in the summer.
However, Professor Adam Finn of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) said Wednesday that no final decisions had been made about vaccinating adolescents.
PHE’s weekly monitoring report also showed that Covid-19 case rates appeared to be leveling off in some regions of England, despite a slight increase in Yorkshire and Humber.
In Yorkshire and Humber, the new disease rate was 110.4 per 100,000 people in the seven days to March 21.
This was the highest in the country, up from 109.8 the previous week.
In some regions the rates were largely unchanged compared to the previous quarter, including in the East Midlands (from 77.8 to 76.8), in the east of England (from 45.7 to 43.8), in the south-east of England (from 35, 6 to 34.2) and in the West Midlands (from 35.6 to 34.2). from 66.7 to 65.4).
All other regions had seen a small decrease from week to week.
The executive director of NHS England said Thursday that the health care coronavirus alert level should go down due to “reduced acute pressures”.
Sir Simon Stevens said the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) health service’s coronavirus alert should be lowered from four to three.
During a board meeting for NHS England, Stevens said, “We had over 34,000 seriously ill coronavirus patients in our hospitals in mid-January.
“That number is now 4,000, and while this is still about 400 more Covid patients than the same day a year ago, the very sharp decline in the number of patients with Covid in the hospital is a result of the two declines in infection rates across the hospital Community and the impact the vaccination program is now feeling. “