According to data from the UK Health Security Agency, SARS-CoV-2 positivity stands at 7.6% compared to 7.9% in the previous week. The highest case rates were seen in those 80 years and over at 43.3 per 100,000.
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‘The highest hospital admission rates for COVID-19 continue to be among the over 75s, so it is important everyone in this age group keeps their immunity topped up by coming forward for their spring booster,’ said Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency.
‘The virus has not gone away and we continue to see thousands of cases reported every week so topping up your protection is particularly important for groups who are more vulnerable.’
Hospital admission rates have decreased in almost all age groups. The highest admission rates continue to be seen in the over 75s, with those aged 75 to 84 years at 30.4 per 100,000 population and those aged over 85 years at 63.1 per 100,000.
‘The COVID-19 spring booster is now available to all those aged 75 years and over, and those aged 5 years and over with weakened immune systems,’ said Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist for Immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency.
‘We are continuing to see the highest hospital admission rates for COVID-19 among the over-75s, so it is important everyone in this age group keeps their immunity topped up by booking in for their booster via the National Booking Service or the NHS App.’