The Prime Minister last week announced further measures to keep coronavirus cases low. From Monday 14th, a new rule was called the rule of 6 came into force. Individuals must only meet socially in groups of up to 6 people in any settings indoors or outdoors, including your home, restaurants and pubs. There are some exemptions including organised sports, weddings and funerals. It is important to continue to keep safe distance from others outside your household.
COVID-19 cases are shown as no longer clustering in healthcare or care home settings, as seen in May and June, suggesting the virus is now spread more widely in the community. Infections are increasing across all adult age groups below the age of 65 years and across all areas of the country, with higher rates seen in young people aged 18 to 24 years. Infection is highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the North West. The latest findings cover the period between 22 August and 7 September 2020, testing over 150,000 people. Prevalence doubled every 7.7 days.Reproduction number R was estimated to be 1.7.
Prevalence of infection was highest in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West at 0.17% followed by 0.16% in the North East. Black, Asian, mixed and other ethnicity was associated with higher prevalence of infection at 0.20%, 0.20%, 0.16% and 0.23% respectively compared with white ethnicity at 0.08%.
The highest rates of infection were at 0.25% in young adults aged 18 to 24 years, up from 0.08% from 24 July to 11 August. However, the prevalence of infection increased at all ages from 18 to 64 years between July and August 2020.
Prime Health Pharmacy is asking the general public to help the government in fighting this virus by observing all the safety measures put in place. TOGETHER WE CAN FIGHT THIS VIRUS.