Coronavirus rate rising fastest among under-fives in England

New data for England shows that coronavirus rates are rising fastest among the under-fives.

Rates are rising among all groups below pension age, according to Public Health England, with the under-fives seeing the biggest surge.

The figures show infections in children up to four years old have jumped by 40% since the week ending July 5, reports The Mirror.

It is the biggest rise since the peak of the infection in March and April.

3.8 youngsters per 100,000 are now being diagnosed with Covid-19 per week compared to 2.7 at the start of July.

Data shows a rise in infection rates since lockdown was eased, particularly when pubs and restaurants reopened last month.

The rate has increased by 35% in the 15-44 age group in England since July 5, the day after pubs and restaurants reopened.

Public Health England data shows that, in that age group, 11.9 people per 100,000 population caught coronavirus in the week ending August 2, compared to 8.8 per 100,000 five weeks ago.

A rise of infections in children aged between five and 15 was also reported, with a 32% increase from 2.8 to 3.7 per 100,000 in just over a month.

But the data did show that the rate of infection in all age groups aged 65 and over has fallen.

The rate of infection in the over 85s is at 13.6 per 100,000, which remains the highest of any age group.

However, it is a significant fall from the peak of the virus earlier this year. In the week leading up to May 3, it was at 302 per 100,000.

In mid-April, in the age group between 75 and 84, the rate was at 150 per 100,000, but now that figure has shrunk to 4.8.

Experts say the infection rate increase in children was due to schools and nurseries reopening.

The figures come as an expert has warned Britain could be heading back into lockdown next month and the prime minister must act now to prevent it.

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