Covid in Sunderland: figures show just one in 20 coronavirus cases in Sunderland are among at-risk over 60s
Just one in 20 new Covid cases in Sunderland is among the at-risk 60 and over age group.
According to the latest UK government coronavirus figures, there were 40 positive tests recorded in the city between May 5 and 11.
Of these, only two (five per cent) were among people aged 60 or over.
Across England, fewer than one in 14 (7%) of cases in the same period were among people aged 60 plus.
That has fallen from 18% in the same seven days in January.
Fewer than 3% of cases were among people aged 70 and over.
In Sunderland the highest number of cases was among people aged 30-34 and 45-49, each accounting for 17.5 % of cases.
The NHS says older people are at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus.
While only those aged 70 and over are considered clinically vulnerable, the health body says over-60s are also at higher risk.
Despite low numbers of cases among older age groups, experts have said they remain concerned about possible community transmission from young to old people as lockdown is eased.
A weekly Office for National Statistics Survey has found one in five Brits are no longer social distancing when meeting people outside of their bubble.
Compliance remains far higher in older age groups, with 88% of 50 to 69 year olds and those aged 70 plus saying they always or often maintain social distancing compared to 67% of people aged 16 to 29.
There are now more than 2,000 cases of the new Indian variant in the UK, Health Secretary Hancock told MPs on Monday, May 17, adding that early data suggests existing vaccinations are effective against it.
But he warned on Sunday that the strain was spreading ‘like wildfire’ among unvaccinated people.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Hancock said: “To anyone who feels hesitant about getting the vaccine right across the country, just look at what is happening in Bolton Hospital where the majority of people in hospital with coronavirus were eligible for the jab but have chosen not yet to have the jab and have ended up in hospital – some of them in intensive care.
“Vaccines save lives, they protect you, they protect your loved ones and they will help us all get out of this pandemic.”