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Covid-19 rates continue to rise among schoolchildren but fall for those over 60

Rates of Covid-19 cases among schoolchildren in England continue to rise, but levels for people aged 60 and over have fallen, figures show.

A total of 932.3 new cases per 100,000 people aged five to nine were recorded in the seven days to November 21, compared to 741.8 week-to-week.

The rate for 10 to 19 year olds is 814.6, compared to 712.8.

The figures, taken from the Health Security Agency’s weekly monitoring report, also show that rates rose slightly among all groups of adults up to the age of 59.

But they fell for those aged 60-70, 70-79, and 80 and over, with rates for those over 80 dropping from 81.0 to 63.6.

This may reflect the impact of booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which began rolling out to double-needled people in older age groups from the end of September.

Rates among schoolchildren have risen in the past two weeks, following a drop in late October that coincided with the midterm vacation.

The current rate for children aged five to nine is the highest for this age group since the data was first released in the summer of 2020.

Across England, rates rose in all regions except the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Southeast has the highest rate, at 530.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, against 450.5.

London has the lowest rate at 318.1 versus 283.9.

England’s Covid-19 hospital admissions rate stood at 6.5 per 100,000 people in the week to November 21, down from 7.7 the week before.

Admission rates continue to be highest among people aged 85 and over, at 29.9 per 100,000 – although that number is down from 40.4.

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