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Covid Infections In Children Rise In England Month After Schools Reopened

October 4, 2021

According to the Office for National Statistics’ most recent estimates, one in every 20 secondary school pupils in England is afflicted with the fatal coronavirus

COVID-19 infections increased in England in the week ending September 25, according to the Office for National Statistics, owing to an increase in infections among school-aged children. Schools in England have been open for nearly a month, and some epidemiologists are concerned about an increase in cases among youngsters, albeit this has yet to transfer into a persistent spike in infections among the general population. In secondary school-aged children, the estimated prevalence was 4.58 percent, which means that more than 1 in 25 tested positive for COVID-19, compared to 2.81 percent of children in the same age group testing positive the week before.

The overall prevalence result for England was 1 in 85, somewhat higher than the previous week’s rate of 1 in 90, but still lower than the level of 1 in 80 two weeks earlier. According to official data, the predicted Covid-19 reproduction rate may have increased somewhat. The ONS Infection Survey uses sampling to estimate infection levels in the community beyond those who have come forward to be tested, resulting in a prevalence estimate that is unaffected by daily testing results. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out a winter plan to combat the coronavirus, and youngsters over the age of 12 will be given the COVID-19 vaccine. However, vaccines for children aged 12 to 15 years old only started last week, lagging behind the United States and some other European countries.

After reaching record highs in late August, documented daily cases in Scotland, which controls its own health policy and where schools reopened in mid-August, have declined. According to the ONS, the prevalence of infections has decreased but remains greater than in England, with 1 in 55 people afflicted.