New data shows coronavirus infections among over 50’s, who are more at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, are surging. New cases rose by 92 percent among those in their 50s last week, 72 percent among people in their 60s and 44 percent among those in their 80s.
It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the recent rise in infections seen in the UK was “predominantly” among younger people.
But it appears most of the new cases are now among the over-50s.
Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said: “Although younger people continue to make up the greatest share of new cases, we’re now starting to see worrying signs of infections occurring in the elderly, who are at far higher risk of getting seriously ill.
“This is a reminder of the ongoing risk as the virus spreads throughout the UK.
“People should continue to follow social distancing rules, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
“You should not mix with others when unwell.”
Infections rates in England are now doubling on a weekly basis, according to research by Imperial College.
The UK reported 3,539 positive coronavirus cases on Friday, up from 2,919 the day before.
The death toll rose by six, bringing the UK’s total to 41,614.
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