World News – GB – One in 62 people in the West Midlands has coronavirus


A new government study reveals that the proportion of the population infected with coronavirus has more than doubled in less than a month

The figures were released by the Department of Health They are the result of a study supported by the government by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI

Nationally, results show infections continued to rise in all regions between October 16 and 25, with 128 people per 10,000 infected

In the West Midlands, 162 in 10,000 people are believed to be infected That’s just over one in 61

Figures refer to the wider West Midlands region, including counties such as Shropshire and Staffordshire as well as the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, and the cities of Black Country It is likely that the rate of infection will actually be higher in urban areas and lower in sparsely populated rural areas

It is based on tests carried out between October 16 and October 25.An earlier study, based on tests from September 18 to October 5, found that 60 out of 10,000 people in the West Midlands were infected, which means that the number has increased considerably

More than 85,000 volunteers have been tested in England, to examine infection levels in the general population Results show infections continue to rise in all age groups and in all parts of England , with the greatest increase in people aged 55 to 64 Largest number of infections remains in the North West and Yorkshire and The Humber

Key findings from the research, known as the REACT study, show that between October 16 and 25:

The researchers said in their report: « It is suggested that the epidemic may decline in the North East, although there are still marked increases in prevalence among the most vulnerable population aged 65 and more The epidemic is now growing fastest in the Midlands and the South « 

Professor Paul Elliott, program director at the Imperial School of Public Health, said: « These interim results paint a worrying picture of the situation in England, where we are seeing a nationwide increase in prevalence infection, which we know will lead to more hospitalizations and deaths

« We are also detecting early signs that areas that previously had low infection rates are following trends seen in the worst affected areas of the country

« Now more than ever, we must all work together to curb the spread of the virus and avoid overloading the health service »

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