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expert reaction to the latest national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report from UKHSA: 14 October 2021

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published its latest weekly national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report. 


Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology at the University of Reading, said:

“The latest UK Health Security Agency report shows that Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions are increasing more slowly than some had predicted. However, far from being a cause for celebration, the Covid situation is still deteriorating, and further action will be needed if the spread isn’t halted.

“Levels of flu remain low currently, with COVID-19 accounting for most acute respiratory incidents, even though most of the population is fully vaccinated.  Curiously, COVID-19 infection numbers are highest in secondary school aged children, followed by 40-49 year olds, which likely reflects infection at school being taken home and spread to family. 

“If flu and COVID levels among school children both rise together, parents and grandparents could be forgiven for worrying about the enemy within.”



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