Health & Fitness Covid cases fall in all regions and nearly all age groups
US counties see increase in COVID cases as Delta variant takes hold
Counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming reported between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 in the last week, compared to the national average of 23.9 cases per 100,000.Areas in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming are reporting between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New cases ofare continuing to fall in all regions of England despite the start of the new school term, latest figures showed.
Public Health England’s latest surveillance of the epidemic showed case rates are also falling in nearly all age groups except for children aged five to nine, where they rose from 347.1 to 382 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to 12 September.
Even the 10 to 19-year-old age group which includessaw a fall in cases over the week period, although they remain high at 597.4 per 100,000, down from 696.2.
Separate figures published on the government’sshowed a 22.4 per cent fall in daily cases over the past week, with 26,911 new infections reported on Thursday.
Is the number of coronavirus cases still the best measure of the pandemic?
Spain has the third-highest incidence rate in the European Union, but has the lowest reported mortality figure per 100,000 of the largest states thanks to its Covid-19 vaccination driveOn Friday, the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants reached 152, above the 150-threshold considered to indicate a situation of “high risk.” But with most of the at-risk population vaccinated against Covid-19 in Spain, this figure cannot be read in the same way. The CI is just one of eight main indicators and around 20 secondary ones that are used in the traffic light system to assess the level of risk in a territory.
Hospital admissions and deaths remain relatively high due to the spike in cases in August, but they are expected to fall in line with this month’s case rate drop.
But Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned that despite the encouraging case figures “there are still high levels of infection in the community”.
She added: “We are in a much better place today to deal with the virus than we were a year ago, but we must not be complacent.
“The vaccines are the best defence we have against the virus so please make sure to get protected.”
Meanwhile nearly nine in 10 people aged 16 to 24 in the UK are likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
The estimates range from 86.9% in Wales to 88.7% in England and Scotland, with 87.2% in Northern Ireland and reflect the proportion of people either having previous covid infection or had the vaccine.
UK Covid hospital admissions breach 1,000 for first time in 6 months
It marks the first time there have been four-figure Covid admissions since February 24 when the second wave was being brought under control and the UK jab rollout was just gaining momentum. The DOH update — which often includes backlogged hospital data due to the way it's recorded — showed there were a further 943 Covid admissions on August 26 and 901 on August 27, which were both week-on-week rises.Meanwhile, there was a mixed picture as UK-wide infections increased by 4 per cent in a week to 32,181 but England's case numbers fell again, this time by 10 per cent.
The figures show the UK’s population immunity is building up and could be partially responsible for the fall in case numbers.
The lowest case rates in the Public Health England’s figures were for those aged 80 and over, with a seven-day rate of 105.1 per 100,000 people.
Across the English regions, London had the lowest case rates in the week to 12 September, with 211.7 per 100,000. The highest rates were in the north east, at 369.6, but all regions saw a fall in infections.
The rate of people being admitted to hospital in the same seven-day period was 7.29 per 100,000 people, a slight drop from the previous week of 7.49 per 100,000.
The overall figures suggest the epidemic is shrinking in the UK and will provide reassurance to ministers and scientists, but there is nervousness that colder weather could fuel it again.
Early Moderna vaccine recipients twice as likely to contract Covid .
Moderna Inc says people who received its COVID-19 vaccine last year are nearly twice as likely to get a breakthrough infection compared to those recently vaccinated. Breakthrough cases occur when people contract the disease 14 days or more after receiving their final dose of the shot.New data published on Wednesday found 88 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among Americans vaccinated from December 2020 to March 2021.Comparatively, there were 162 cases - 1.8 times as many - among those vaccinated between July 2020 and December 2020.