The main points from this week’s national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report are:
Surveillance indicators suggest that COVID-19 activity decreased nationally in week 8 of 2021, from 22 to 28 February.
Case rates have decreased across all age groups, with the highest rate 121.1 per 100,000 population seen in those aged between 30 to 39 years old.
Case rates per 100,000 have fallen across all regions – they are highest in the East Midlands, with a rate of 120.8.
Case rates per 100,000 are lowest in the South West with a rate of 43.2.
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents (suspected outbreaks) in England was 431 in week 8, compared to 498 in the previous week.
The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen and was 8.37 per 100,000 in week 8, compared to 11.90 per 100,000 in the previous week.