Covid cases among people in 20s at highest-ever recorded level for any age group

The COVID case rate among people in their twenties is at the highest recorded level for all age groups in England, the latest figures show, setting a new record for the pandemic.

Between 12 and 18 July, a total of 1154.7 infections per 100,000 people were recorded in people aged 20 to 29, according to Public Health England (PHE) data.

PHE’s medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said this was the highest figure recorded for any age group since the start of the pandemic.

“Everyone in this age group should come forward and get their two doses of the vaccine to make sure they have the best chance of being protected,” she said.

The lowest case rate has been reported in those 80 years and older, with a 7-day rate of 60.6 per 100,000.

PHE data shows that the seven-day hospitalization rate for England is also rising steadily.

Between July 12 and 18, 5.88 people per 100,000 people were hospitalized with Covid – up from 4.55 in the previous week. Regionally, admissions were highest in the North East, with a rate of 13.24 per 100,000 population. As for age, rates remain highest over the age of 85.

Admissions to intensive care units are also increasing – from 0.41 people to 0.51 per 100,000.

Despite the government’s efforts to return to normalcy, Dr Doyle warned that “Covid-19 has not gone away.”

“It is important that we all remain vigilant,” she said. “Remember that meeting outside is safer than inside, get two doses of the vaccine as soon as possible, isolate if you have been told by NHS Test and Trace and if you show symptoms stay home and get a PCR test . We all still have a role to play.”

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