You are most likely to catch Covid at this age if you live in Bradford
The average age of Bradford residents who test positive for Covid 19 is now just 28, highlighting the spread of the virus in schools.
Sarah Muckle, director of public health at the Bradford Council, revealed the figure at a Bradford South Area Committee meeting on Thursday evening, when members also learned that there had been 126 recent outbreaks of the virus in schools and educational institutions.
Members have heard that infection rates are currently higher in Bradford than they were at times during the second lockdown, which began in January.
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Ms Muckle said the upcoming summer school vacation would act as a “circuit breaker” that should reduce the spread, but believes infection rates are expected to rise again once schools and colleges return in September.
With many of the remaining Covid restrictions lifted on Monday, infection rates remain high across the country.
At Thursday’s meeting, the infection rate was 331 per 100,000 people, although members were told that in parts of Bradford the figure was as high as 500.
However, fewer people are dying from the virus.
Ms Muckle told the committee: “Infections are currently higher than the peak we had in January.
“The average age of cases is now 28 years old, which therefore affects the youngest this time around. Many elderly people have already been vaccinated.
“Hospital admission rates are stable. About 2.4% of people infected with the virus are currently hospitalized. Hospitals tell us that even with fewer people admitted, those who are more seriously ill once admitted. The pressure on the hospitals comes from there rather than having a lot of people ending up in the hospital. “
She told members that infection rates were up 33% from the previous week, although Bradford’s rates were below the Yorkshire average of 390 cases per 100,000.
Earlier this year, Bradford found itself second in a national “ranking” of infection rates. However, it had now fallen to 81st place with other parts of the country, including the neighboring city of Leeds, facing much higher rates.
Ms Muckle said, “Rates are increasing the most among high school students and young adults. We treated 126 school outbreaks.
“The school holidays will act as a kill switch, but it is likely that we will see cases increase rapidly in September. ”
Members also received an update on vaccination figures for Bradford.
As of July 8, nearly 370,000 people in the district had received their first vaccine, or about 73% of adults.
And 56.6 percent had received both blows.
Ms Muckle said: “The people we have left who have not been vaccinated are young people, many of them think they are invincible and will not get sick.
“The other unvaccinated people are the ones who are really reluctant to get vaccinated. ”
She said it was important for people to remain cautious despite the restrictions being lifted on Monday, adding: “The restrictions may be gone, but not Covid.
“The message of hands, face, space will still apply, but we will have to be more creative with these messages. Messages from the national government are going to evolve more towards compassion, more about how people should look to protect others. This is something that we are trying to integrate, and there will be a new communication campaign that will start on Monday.