COVID cases have more than doubled in one week as a growing epidemic in the young and unvaccinated becomes clearer.
It is estimated there are currently 11,908 new cases every day compared to 5,677 reported last week – an increase of 110 per cent.
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In terms of prevalence, on average one in 543 people in the UK currently have symptomatic disease, according to data from the Zoe Covid Symptom Study app.
But there is a clear divide between the younger and older generations, mirrored by unvaccinated versus vaccinated.
Cases have increased the most in those in their 20s, with around 450 active cases per 100,000.
It compares to 250 per 100,000 in the 40s group and 70 per 100,000 in the 50s.
People over 60 years old have continued to see very low levels of cases.
Cases are growing faster in unvaccinated people, with almost 10,000 new cases every day compared to 1,900 in those who have had a jab.
ZOE has previously said Covid is much more mild in those who have had a jab dose, suggesting the jabs are working to suppress severe disease.
Prof Spector, genetic epidemiologist at King’s College London, said: “Official confirmed cases are now around 7,500, which is the highest daily figure since late February.
“However, when you dig into the data, it’s clear that this is an epidemic among the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated populations in the UK and, due to the way vaccines have been rolled out, is largely affecting younger generations.
“The good news is that fully vaccinated people have much greater protection. Vaccines are working and we want to encourage people to exercise caution, especially if they feel at all unwell, until they’ve been fully vaccinated.
“The race is on to fully vaccinate the whole population to save lives and return to normal life”
There are also regional differences, with graphs showing a dramatic spike in cases in the North West compared to barely any change in the South West.