High infection rates starting to hit older patients – UK health official

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam arrives at Downing Street, in London

LONDON (Reuters) – High COVID-19 infections rates amongst young people are now beginning to spread to older age groups in parts of England, Deputy Chief Medical Office Jonathan Van-Tam said on Monday, predicting the pattern would continue elsewhere.

“This is, again, of a significant concern … because, of course, the elderly suffer a much worse course with COVID-19. They are admitted to hospital for longer periods, and they are more difficult to save,” Van-Tam said at a government briefing presenting charts on the spread of the virus.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by William James; editing by Michael Holden)

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