Covid in Mid Sussex: figures show more than a fifth of coronavirus cases are among at-risk age groups

More than a fifth of new Covid cases in Mid Sussex are among the at-risk 60 and over age group.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 11:55 am

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

Of these, two, 22.2 percent, were among people aged 60 or over.

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

More than a fifth of new Covid cases in Mid Sussex among at-risk over-60s

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

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

In Mid Sussex, the highest number of cases was among people aged 55-59, accounting for 22.2 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.”