Covid infections are the highest among people aged 90 and over - according to new data

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 12:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 10:53 am
Covid infections rates have been found to be the highest among those aged 90 and over in England (Photo: Shutterstock)

Covid infections rates have been found to be the highest among those aged 90 and over inEngland, according to new Government figures.

The NHS considers those aged 60 and over at high risk from Covid-19, but data shows that it’s those in the specific age bracket of 90 and above that currently have the highest number of coronavirus infections.

However, care home residents are being tested on a monthly basis, which could push the infection rate figures up in comparison to those who are not being regularly screened.

90 and over age bracket had most Covid cases per 100,000

Figures reveal that in the seven days up to 10 February, those aged 90 and over had the most cases per 100,000, at 310.9.

Regional data shows that this was the case across most of the country, apart from the North East, which was the only area which deviated from the pattern.

In the North East, it was the 35 to 39 age bracket which was found to be the worst affected by covid-19, with a rate of 299.2 cases per 100,000. Those aged 90 and above instead had the fifth highest infection rate in the region, at 238.9.

Those aged 30-34 were found to have the second highest infection rate in the region at 260.9, followed by those aged between 40-44 at 252.5, and those in the 25-29 age had the fourth highest infection rate at 243.7.

Rutland found to have highest number of infections

Rutland, located in the East Midlands, was found to be the council area with the highest number of Covid infections in the 90 and over aged group, with this being 1886.8 per 100,000 people.

High Peak, also in the East Midlands had the second highest number of infections in the 90 and above age bracket, at 1513.2.

East Staffordshire, in the West Midlands, had the third highest rate in the same age group, at 1339.7 per 100,000, with the East Midlands town of Chesterfield having the fourth highest, at 1216.1.