Average Age of Newly Infected Brits Drops to 29

The average age of Brits testing positive for Covid has fallen from 41 at the beginning of the year to just 29 – the lowest average age recorded yet. This decrease is being attributed to the success of the vaccine rollout (though increased testing of younger people could also have something to do with it) which has seen almost 25 million people receive two doses of a vaccine. The MailOnline has the story.

The median age stood at 29 for the week ending May 19th – down from 35 at the start of April and 41 at the beginning of the year.  

Compounding the apparent efficacy of the vaccine rollout, analysis now shows that two thirds of people admitted to hospital with the coronavirus are under 65, the Times reports.  

But despite Boris Johnson’s desire to announce an end to social distancing this week, this has been pushed back amid the ongoing threat of the Indian Covid variant.

The Prime Minister has said that he has not seen “anything currently in the data to suggest that we have to deviate from the road map”, but hinted that the Government would wait until the June 14th deadline before announcing a relaxation. 

The fast-spreading strain now makes up between half and three quarters of all cases in the U.K., Matt Hancock said yesterday. 

The Health Secretary told a Downing Street press conference it is now dominant in Britain, taking over from the Kent variant that had been the most common one since Christmas.

But official data has now revealed that just three per cent of Britons infected with the Indian variant had received two jabs. 

More than 38.6 million adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 24 million have had two. 

While many people in hospital with the virus have not been fully vaccinated, reported Covid deaths continue to be very low (often in the single figures). Despite this, SAGE members insist that the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown could be “derailed” because of the Indian variant.

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