Official figures suggest amid concerns a fourth wave could be coming because children are starting to spread coronavirus to their parents again.
Department of Health statistics shows England’s infection rates has been rising for a fortnight, following the return of millions of students to classrooms at the start of the month. But that infections were only increasing in youngsters, reinforcing evidence that the reopening of schools was to blame.
Government data now show, however, rates have begun trending upwards in 35 to 39-year-olds, 40 to 44-year-olds and 45 to 50-year-olds, suggesting that children may have taken the virus home with them.
Experts had always warned of a fresh wave after the return of schools, where the majority aren’t vaccinated, and in the worst-hit parts of the country, up to one in 24 children tested positive last week alone.
Scientists say the rise in adults might be the result of millions of more Britons returning to offices this month, following the end of work from home guidance.
Department of Health data reveals the infection rate amongst 40 to 44-year-olds was 361.2 positive tests per 100,000 people in the week ending September 21, up 13 per cent from 318.1 in the previous seven-day spell.
For 45 to 49 years old, the rate stood at 300.9 per 100,000 in the latest week, also up 13 per cent from 264.4 the previous week. And for 35 to 39-year-olds, the infection rate was 276.2, up slightly from 267.6 before.
But rates were still falling, albeit at a more leisurely pace, in every other age group besides children.
For 10 to 14-year-olds it was as high as 1,2617.7 per 100,000, meaning 1.2 per cent of all youngsters in that age bracket tested positive in the most recent week of data. The age group had the highest infection rate last week.
There was also a slight increase in cases amongst 0-4-year-olds, 5 to 9-year-olds and 15 to 19-year-olds.
The most up to date data on the dashboard only goes up to September 21, and the infection rate may still change as more cases are recorded in the coming days.
Dr Simon Clarke, a microbiologist at Reading University, told a newspaper outlet the uptick in infections in older age groups might have been sparked by COVID infected children returning home from school.
He warned the rise showed ministers cannot be complacent about rising infections in younger age groups and said cases were set to rise over the autumn and winter, but he continued that thanks to vaccines this was unlikely to spark a significant surge in hospitalisations and mortality.
But it amuses me how all the newspapers spread malevolent doom and despair, and every single newspaper is a business that sells to people who lean to the left or right, but there isn’t one single newspaper that simply reports the news as it is, in an impartial way, but that’s because the people who manage the media and own these publications push their own agendas through them.
Perhaps we should be buying our Christmas presents now to circumvent supply deficits. There are now Christmas stocks in the shops and Christmas films and adverts, which makes you question if another lockdown is planned, and it’s so obvious that we’re being played for fools, although some fools haven’t worked it out yet.
Inevitably we’ve just got to get on with it now. We can handle it, and the country needs to get back to normal and stop this madness – the world isn’t about to end!
Most people are having their jabs, and then it should be back to living life, otherwise what’s the point in it?