Concerns are mounting in Liverpool as COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in seven care homes, and further reports that the virus “spreading rapidly” amongst all ages of the population.
Public Health Director Matt Ashton urged people to be cautious and get vaccinated as there was a “lot of the virus about in the city”, according to the cities daily newspaper the Liverpool Echo.
The city’s infection rate is said to be above 500 cases per 100,000 with the majority of these in younger people although Mr Ashton said the virus was also spreading to older groups.
He said: “Our rate is around 510 cases per 100,000, predominantly in younger people, particularly 13-17 year olds, 18-24 year olds, 25 to 34 year olds.
“But there are infections across the city in all age groups, its not confined to one particular group or area.
“Although the rate is very high, it isn’t as high as the peak in January, but it is very high.
“The Delta variant has done this, it makes up for 99.6% of the cases we have sequenced. We are starting to see outbreaks in care homes, I think we have seven outbreaks in care homes at the moment, which shows that it doesn’t just stick in younger age groups.
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council confirmed: “The city is starting to see more outbreaks in care homes. Currently, there are seven outbreaks in care homes, with a further five single cases.
“Most of the cases are staff and most of those affected are still well. However, it should be noted that the virus is spreading rapidly through all ages in the population highlighting how important it is for everyone to get vaccinated.”
According to a REACT study of 47,000 volunteers currently one in 170 people in England is infected with the coronavirus and the incidence may be doubling every six days. Provisional findings covering June 24 to July 5 also show that infection rates for double-vaccinated people under 65 are three times lower than in unvaccinated people of the same age, demonstrating the impact of the vaccination rollout.
While England has seen an increase in covd-19 cases in all age groups under the age of 75, the highest incidence is for 13 to 17-year-olds at 1.33 per cent and 18 to 24-year-olds at 1.40 per cent.
The data indicates that infections have increased in all regions, with the largest increase in London, where incidence has reached 1.08 per cent, up more than eightfold since the previous results covering May 20 to June 7. Men were 30 per cent more likely to test positive than women.