Nearly 1 in 20 secondary school pupils in England had Covid last week, data suggests

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According to official estimates, nearly one in 20 students in secondary schools in England had the coronavirus last week, with infection rates rising slightly across the population.

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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), about one in 85 people in private homes in England are likely to have Covid-19 in the week to 25 September. statistics Suggestion – Up from one in 90 last week.

According to the ONS, secondary school children had the highest positivity rate of any age group, with 4.6 percent of pupils in school years 7 to 11 – who were aged 11 to 16 – likely to have the virus that week.


The findings came days after experts lamented that the high case rate among children could have been avoided if the vaccine rollout for 12- to 15-year-olds had begun before schools resumed after the summer.

Based on advice from four UK Chief Medical Officers, a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is now being offered to students aged 12 to 15 in England. England’s top physician, Professor Chris Whitty, said the jab should not be seen as a “silver bullet” but could be an “important and useful tool” in mitigating school disruption.

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But according to the ONS, the rate of children testing positive between age two and school year 11 has increased – with early signs of a potential increase in their 70s as well.

Professor Irene Peterson, from University College London, said earlier this week: “I think that if we had started vaccination in August, as they did in Ireland – and throughout the summer in Europe – we would be getting infections in young adolescents.” I could have stopped this huge increase.”

“I think it was too late for us to start our immunization program for children. I am fully aware of this debate and why it was a late decision, but I think it is now young teenagers who Paying the price with your parents.”

And Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at Leeds University, said “dieting and delays” among health advisories had proved “expensive”, pointing out that the UK drug regulator concluded in June that the Pfizer vaccine was safe for adolescents. and was more effective.

The latest data shows that in the week leading up to 16 September, more than 100,000 children were absent from school because of confirmed or suspected COVID infection, indicating that if the rate of increase in cases continues , then the number of forced children will only take weeks. School and isolation have the equivalent of that seen during the summer “bubble” system.


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