National Flu And COVID-19 Surveillance Reports Published - 12 May 2022
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The main points from this week’s national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:
Surveillance indicators suggest that at a national level, COVID-19 activity (including case rates and hospital admissions) has decreased in week 18 of 2022.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 198 in week 18, compared to 229 in the previous week.
Positivity for pillar one laboratory confirmed cases for week 18 was 3.6 per 100,000 population, down from 4.6 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for week 18 was 7.87 per 100,000 population, down from 9.87 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for COVID-19 were highest in the North East, with a rate of 13.00 per 100,000 population.
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and over.
Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam, Deputy Director of Public Health Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
"COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to decline week on week. Vaccines continue to offer high levels of protection against severe illness, so if you’ve yet to take up the offer of vaccine or have missed your latest jab please come forward now.
"If you are in a crowded enclosed space it is sensible to wear a face covering, and remember to keep washing your hands regularly. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, and a high temperature or feel unwell, try to stay at home or away from others – especially elderly or vulnerable people."