Robert Peston explains a “concerning” figure indicating a rise in hospitalizations among young people.
ROBERT PESTON has issued a warning after referring to a graph showing a rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations in youngsters, calling the findings “concerning.”
The ITV presenter shared a graph on Twitter depicting the average seven-day admission rate of Covid patients in the UK.
Mr Peston added that the data showed that hospitalizations among adolescents and teenagers remained “as expected.”
“However, what is noteworthy, and alarming, is that hospitalizations in the categories 0-5 and 6-17 have returned to their peak levels and are continuing to rise,” he continued.
“Remember that these hospitalizations take at least a week, if not longer, to catch up with the surge in infections (the PM’s projection of 50k daily infections on « independence » day, July 19th, almost came true today).
“As I mentioned, this is a log scale, so it visually exaggerates the number of children admitted to hospitals and the risks they face. However, it serves as a reminder that Covid-19 is a serious game, even for children.
“It’s the hospital admissions rate per 100,000 people,” says the author.
It comes as three non-peer-reviewed articles based on public health statistics in England discovered that just 25 children died as a result of Covid between January and February.
Dr. Joseph Ward, main author of one of the studies and a training fellow at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said that out of an estimated four million illnesses among this age range, 5,830 children and young people have been brought to hospital since the epidemic began.
“It’s impossible to discern between children who had a positive test incidentally or required admission because of the positive test,” Dr Ward continued, “so this could be an overestimate.”
The preliminary findings, which were compiled by researchers from UCL and the universities of Bristol, York, and Liverpool, have been submitted to the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which is debating whether the Covid vaccines should be made available to children aged 12 to 17.
According to government figures, about 840,000 youngsters were absent from school last week, the largest amount since March.
Last week, 747,000 pupils were self-isolating owing to possible contact with a case of coronavirus, up from 561,000 the week before, according to Department of Education figures.
Absenteeism is presently at 11.2 percent, nearly double what it was a fortnight ago.
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