OLDER COVID SUFFERERS: Covid-19 rates among oldest age groups drop to lowest level since July
OLDER COVD SUFFERERS: Covid-19 case rates among the oldest age groups have fallen to their lowest level for nearly five months, figures show.
A total of 51.8 new cases per 100,000 people aged 80 and over were recorded in the week to November 28, while 66.8 per 100,000 were recorded for 70 to 79-year-olds.
For both age groups they are the lowest rates of new cases since week to July 11.
It is the fifth week in a row that rates for these groups have fallen.
The figures, from the Health Security Agency (HSA), may reflect the impact of booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine, which began to be rolled out to double-jabbed people in the oldest groups from the end of September.
Rates have also fallen among all other age groups, including schoolchildren.
Some 873.8 cases per 100,000 people aged five to nine were recorded in the latest week, down from 949.8 a week earlier, while the figure for 10 to 19-year-olds has dropped from 830.4 to 758.3.
Rates for both these groups had risen in the previous two weeks, which coincided with the return of pupils to school following the half-term holiday.
Across England, rates have dropped in all regions except London, where they have risen slightly from 325.9 to 331.3.
The South East has the highest rate, at 517.7 cases per 100,000 people, while Yorkshire and Humber has the lowest, at 308.9.
It comes as a total of 51,020,285 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK by December 1, Government figures show. This is a rise of 26,028 on the previous day.
Some 46,431,662 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 32,356.
A combined total of 19,015,975 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 407,851.
Separate totals for booster and third doses are not available.
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