Covid in Dacorum: figures show one in seven coronavirus cases are amongst at-risk age groups

The NHS says older people are at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 2:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 2:18 pm

Just one in seven new Covid cases in Dacorum are among the at-risk 60 and over age group.

According to the latest UK government coronavirus figures, there were 26 positive tests recorded in Dacorum between May 5, and May, 11.

Of these, only four (15.4 per cent) were among people aged 60 or over.

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Across England, fewer than one in 14 (seven per cent) of cases in the same period were among people aged 60 plus.

That has fallen from 18 per cent in the same seven days in January.

Fewer than 3 per cent of cases were among people aged 70 and over.

In Dacorum, the highest number of cases was among people aged 15 to 19, 60 to 64 and 25 to 29, each group accounting for 15.4 per cent of cases.

The NHS says older people are at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus.

While only those aged 70 and over are considered clinically vulnerable, the health body says over-60s are also at higher risk.

Despite low numbers of cases among older age groups, experts have said they remain concerned about possible community transmission from young to old people as lockdown is eased.

A weekly Office for National Statistics Survey has found one in five Brits are no longer social distancing when meeting people outside of their bubble.

Compliance remains far higher in older age groups, with 88 per cent of 50 to 69 year olds and those aged 70 plus saying they always or often maintain social distancing compared to 67 per cent of people aged 16 to 29.

There are now more than 2,000 cases of the variant in the UK, Mr Hancock told MPs on Monday, May 17, adding that early data suggests existing vaccinations are effective against it.

But he warned on Sunday that the strain was “spreading like wildfire” among unvaccinated people.

Speaking on Monday, Mr Hancock said: “To anyone who feels hesitant about getting the vaccine right across the country, just look at what is happening in Bolton Hospital where the majority of people in hospital with coronavirus were eligible for the jab but have chosen not yet to have the jab and have ended up in hospital – some of them in intensive care.

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you, they protect your loved ones and they will help us all get out of this pandemic.”