10 areas of England where Covid cases are highest among at-risk people
Rising cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant has sparked concerns the 21 June deadline for lifting lockdown restrictions in England may be in jeopardy.
Confirmed cases of the variant have doubled in a week to reach almost 7,000, although hospital admissions have remained broadly flat. Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that three quarters of new coronavirus cases were the Indian variant, but stressed the vaccines were having an effect, preventing nearly 40,000 hospital admissions and saving more than 13,000 older people’s lives in England. However, there are still areas across the country where cases are rising, particularly among at-risk people aged 60 and over. Listed are the 10 council areas where Covid-19 case rates are highest among this vulnerable age group in the week to 22 May.