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England’s COVID-19 prevalence increases, led by children By Reuters


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LONDON (Reuters] – The incidence of COVID-19 infection in England increased over the week to Sept 25, according to Britain’s Office for National Statistics. It was attributed to an increase among school-age children.

England has had schools open since around one month. Epidemiologists expressed concern over rising infections in children but it’s yet to be translated into an increased number of infections in the general population.

An estimated prevalence of 4.58% was found in secondary school children. This is a higher percentage than the 2.81 percent of those in the same age group who were positive during the week prior.

England’s overall prevalence rate was 1 to 85. This is slightly more than the 1 in 90 figure from last week, but it still remains below what it was two weeks ago when it was at 1 in 80.

By using sampling, the ONS Infection Survey aims to determine infection rates in communities beyond individuals who come forward for testing. This is done to provide an unaffected estimate of prevalence.

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