The variety of folks aged 70-84 with COVID-19 antibodies has greater than doubled, in keeping with new figures by Public Well being England.
Based on the most recent weekly surveillance report – for the week ending 7 February – seropositivity has elevated in current weeks throughout all age teams.
An individual is seropositive after they return a constructive end result from a blood check for a specific antibody – a substance that fights a illness.
Seropositivity continues to be highest amongst these aged between 17 and 29, maybe unsurprising given the excessive an infection charges for this group.
However most notably, it has risen in folks between 70 and 84 – from 4.1% in December 2020 to 9.7% in January 2021.
The report mentioned: “The latest improve in seropositivity in these aged 70- 84 is probably going attributable to a mix of elevated transmission and vaccination that began throughout December 2020.”
The information comes as provisional NHS England figures confirmed a complete of 11,901,827 COVID-19 vaccinations passed off in England between eight December and 10 February.
Of this quantity, 11,422,507 have been the primary dose of a vaccine whereas 479,320 have been a second dose.
The regional breakdown of vaccination doses between eight December and 10 February is:
LONDON: 1,290,874 first and 62,450 second doses (complete of 1,353,324)
MIDLANDS: 2,182,085 first and 71,778 second doses (2,253,863)
EAST OF ENGLAND: 1,375,546 first and 58,765 second doses (1,434,311)
NORTH EAST AND YORKSHIRE: 1,785,389 first and 78,574 second doses (1,863,963)
NORTH WEST: 1,540,105 first and 68,343 second doses (1,608,448)
SOUTH EAST: 1,859,227 first and 82,584 second doses (1,941,811)
SOUTH WEST: 1,326,126 first and 56,458 second doses (1,382,584)
In the meantime, COVID-19 case charges are persevering with to fall in all areas of England.
Within the West Midlands, the speed of latest circumstances stood at 237.6 per 100,000 folks within the seven days to 7 February – the best fee of any area, however down from 326.eight within the earlier week.
The East Midlands recorded the second highest fee: 223.7, down from 280.0.
Southwest England recorded the bottom fee: 120.3, down from 176.5.
Case charges in England are additionally persevering with to fall amongst all age teams.
The very best fee is amongst 30 to 39-year-olds, which stood at 265.Three circumstances per 100,000 folks within the seven days to 7 February, down week-on-week from 367.2.
Amongst 20 to 29-year-olds the speed dropped from 342.5 to 247.4, and for 40 to 49-year-olds it fell from 323.5 to 227.5.
For folks aged 80 and over, the speed fell from 294.6 to 200.5.