COVID-19: Supermarkets Most Common Exposure Setting For Catching Coronavirus In England, Latest Data Shows | UK News


Supermarkets are the most common exposure parameter for those who catch COVID-19 in England, new data suggests.

Public Health England (PHE) gathered the data using the NHS Test and Trace app.

By analyzing the contacts and tracing the footsteps of the 128,808 people who said they tested positive between November 9 and 15, PHE discovered where transmission is likely to occur.

During increased national restrictions in England, supermarkets remained open to buyers. The new data set suggests that they are now the primary medium for disease transmission.

The second most common location reported by those who tested positive for COVID-19 were high schools, followed by elementary schools, then hospitals, then nursing homes.

Around 9,789 common localities have been reported in total – of which the list below calculates the percentage of the most frequent.

Proportion of all common locations reported in PHE data:

  • Supermarket – 18.3%
  • High school – 12.7%
  • Primary school – 10.1%
  • Hospital – 3.6%
  • Nursing home – 2.8%
  • College – 2.4%
  • Warehouse – 2.2%
  • Kindergarten – 1.8%
  • Pub or bar – 1.6%
  • Hospitality – 1.5%
  • University – 1.4%
  • Manufacturing engineering – 1.4%
  • Household under five – 1.2%
  • General medicine – 1.1%
  • Gym – 1.1%
  • Restaurant or cafe – 1.0%

In the most recent week, 124 clusters of COVID-19 have been recorded in English secondary schools.

The total number of outbreaks in secondary schools in England is 822, while primary schools have registered 732 clusters since the records began.

Among those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the days analyzed by PHE, 18.3% of them said they had visited a supermarket.


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