Covid cases surging in every area of England but one and have doubled in fifth ...

Covid cases surging in every area of England but one and have doubled in fifth ...
Covid cases surging in every area of England but one and have doubled in fifth ...

Covid infection rate are rising in every area of the England but one, data has shown but an experts says 'the vaccine is working' with hospitalisations and deaths not increasing at the same speed.

Public Health England data released today shows the number of cases per 100,000 people has more than doubled in a fifth of local authorities.

Only Blackburn with Darwen — one of the original Indian 'Delta' variant hotspots — saw its infections rate fall in the week ending June 27.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, begged England fans to watch the Euro 2020 match against Ukraine on Saturday outside to prevent cases increasing further.

She warned cases were rising across the country but said it was 'encouraging' that infections are largely concentrated in young people, who tend not to experience as severe illness or require hospital treatment.

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Infections were 25 times higher in under-30s than those aged 80 or above. Those aged 20 to 29 had a rate of 424.3 per 100,000, while people aged 80 or older had a rate of 16.2 per 100,000. 

Top scientists say a spike was inevitable because of the rapid spread of the Indian variant, coupled with the easing of lockdown over the past three months. 

And an expert today claimed Britain's third wave of infections will continue 'longer than expected' because of England's Euro 2020 success and surging cases of mutant strain in staycation hotspots.

Professor Tim Spector, who leads Britain's biggest Covid surveillance study, warned fans meeting to watch the Euro 2020 tournament would almost certainly be fuelling a surge in infections. 

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Infection rates are dropping in certain areas (shown in green), including Bedford, Luton and Bolton. But infection rates are rising the most in Darlington, Derby and Rutland

Infection rates are 25 times higher in under-30s than those aged 80 or above. Those aged 20 to 29 had a rate of 424.3 per 100,000, while people aged 80 or older had a rate of 16.2 per 100,000

Infection rates are 25 times higher in under-30s than those aged 80 or above. Those aged 20 to 29 had a rate of 424.3 per 100,000, while people aged 80 or older had a rate of 16.2 per 100,000

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Dr Doyle said: 'Across all areas of the country cases are rising rapidly although it is encouraging to see that hospitalisations and deaths are not rising at the same rate. 

'Case rates are currently highest in younger age groups, who are less likely to be hospitalised so the vaccine is working to reduce severe disease in more vulnerable groups. 

'We continue to monitor the data closely, to ensure policy is well informed.

'Many of us will be joining friends and family to watch England in the Euros on Saturday night, but please follow the guidelines in place to reduce the risk and enjoy the match safely — watching the game outside will always be safer than gathering indoors.' 

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