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Shock graphs show how Omicron is tearing through younger age groups

Dec 16, 2021

THIS shocking graph shows how Omicron is tearing through younger age groups as infections continue to spread across the UK.

Cases in 0-18 year-olds remain high and infections are climbing in those aged 19-35, new data shows.


Infections in those aged 36-55 continue to rise more steadily, data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app states.

But the good news is that cases in the most vulnerable age groups are dropping, which is likely to be down to the uptake in booster vaccinations.

Getting your booster shot is the best way to protect against Omicron infections.

With three doses, a person is estimated to get 75 per cent protection against infection with symptoms, and likely more against severe disease.

The Sun is urging people to sign up for the Jabs Army campaign to help ensure the rollout goes smoothly and so that we can Give Britain a Booster.

Data from the ZOE app shows that infections have dropped in those aged 55-75 and that they remain low in the over 75s.

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Booster shots, along with the use mask wearing and the avoidance of large social gatherings, the experts say, should help to keep cases lower in these age groups.

Professor Tim Spector, of King's College London and lead scientist on the app said that Omicron is set to become the dominant strain by Christmas and that in the New Year, cases could reach levels never seen before.

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He said: "In London cases have been rising rapidly, but this will likely slow down soon, as people change their behaviour, such as wearing face masks again, cancelling parties and working from home more.

"Hopefully people now recognise the cold-like symptoms which appear to be the predominant feature of Omicron.

"These are the changes that will slow the spread of the virus. It’s my hope that the rest of the country is doing the same to avoid big outbreaks outside of London, especially in big cities."

There are around 87,131 new symptomatic cases of Covid each day on average, data from the app shows.

That's an increase of four per cent on new daily cases last week which stood at 83,658.

In those who are vaccinated, symptomatic infection is thought to be around 27,000 cases a week, in those who have been double jabbed – that a six per cent increase from 25,411 last week.

The experts said that rates of infections being seen in London, which currently has an R rate of 1.1 could be an indicator of how infection rates will rise in the rest of the country.

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Data revealed yesterday showed that Omicron is now thought to be the dominant strain in the capital.

Analysis showed that 51.8 per cent of a sample of new coronavirus cases in London with specimen dates for December 11 and 12 were found to have S gene target failure (SGTF) – a way of detecting the likely presence of Omicron.

This difference – a deletion in the S gene – shows up in certain laboratory PCR tests and can be used as way of estimating the spread of Omicron.

Of the 1,391 Covid-19 cases in London recorded on December 11 and 12 where the S gene status could be determined, 721 were classed as SGTF, figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed.

The figures also show that 26.9 per cent of a sample of detectable cases in eastern England from December 11 and 12 were classed as SGTF, along with 25.4 per cent in south-east England and 20.8 per cent in north-west England.

Levels were lower in all other regions, with north-east England having the lowest estimate of 6.2 per cent.

The level for the whole of England was estimated at 24.0 per cent.

Prof Spector added that people are sensible and in the run up to Christmas he said it's likely many people won't want to mix with others.

"People need to do their own health checks, if you have cold like symptoms then get a test", he said..


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