Covid prevalence in England rose to its highest level

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LONDON: Covid-19 prevalence in England rose to its highest level on record in October, Imperial College London said, led by a high number of cases in children and a surge in the south-west of the country.

Nearly six per cent of school-aged children had Covid-19, the researchers found, although there was a drop in prevalence towards the end of the study's period coinciding with the closure of schools for half-term holiday, according to a Reuters report.

Despite that dip, researchers said rates had doubled in older groups compared to September, a concerning sign as the government races to give booster shots to the most vulnerable.

“We did see a doubling in that group, and clearly that's the worry,” Paul Elliott, the Imperial epidemiologist who leads the programme, told reporters.

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