Health & Fitness Covid infections at record high among schoolchildren

01:16  23 october  2021
01:16  23 october  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

UK Covid hospital admissions breach 1,000 for first time in 6 months

  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.

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A total of 1,366.8 infections per 100,000 people aged 10 to 19 were recorded in the seven days to October 17, up week-on-week from 1,134.9. The rate for five to nine-year-olds is 719.2, up week-on-week from 585.0.

For both age groups this is the highest weekly rate since data was first collected in October last year, says the UK Health Security Agency (HSA).

Pupils in England missed nearly 219million days of in-person education in the spring term due to Covid, figures show.

Historically, around five percent of school is missed due to absence in the spring term, but this year 57.5 percent of sessions (half a day) were recorded as missed due to coronavirus-linked reasons.

Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland's Covid admissions rise 50%

  Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland's Covid admissions rise 50% Some 114 Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Scotland the week up to September 1, compared to a seven-day rolling average of 76 on August 24.Data from the Government's Covid dashboard showed that on average there were 114 patients being admitted each day to hospitals in Scotland in the week to September 1, compared to 76 the week prior.

This represents almost 219million school days, according to the Department for Education (DfE) data.

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For the majority of the spring term in England, students except children of key workers and vulnerable pupils were told to learn remotely until March 8.

A further 3.3 percent of sessions were missed during the spring term due to absence the equivalent of an additional 12.5million days on top of the 219million days where pupils did not attend due to Covid-19.

Vulnerable children, which included pupils who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan, could attend school in-person in the lockdown this year.

But the overall absence rate in special schools during the spring term was substantially higher at 25.5 percent, compared with around 10 percent historically.

UK's daily Covid cases fall again... by a FIFTH .
It comes as the UK's largest official surveillance study found that cases levelled off last week for the first time in nearly three months - but prevalence is still high.The Department of Health's usual update showed there were 34,029 new infections in the past 24 hours, marking a 22 per cent fall on last Friday.

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