ROTHERHAM’S public health boss described a rise in Covid-19 infections in the over-60s in Rotherham as “most worrying” and revealed cases among children had also risen after the Christmas break.
Director of public health Ben Anderson said rates for Omicron cases among school-aged children were expected to continue to rise “for a while”.
But Mr Anderson said adult cases rates “should plateau and start to reduce over the coming week”, adding: “We are now seeing a slowing in the rise in our overall case rate that indicates we are nearing the peak for this first wave of the Omicron variant.
“The most worrying thing is the rate for over-60s which is at 1,482 cases per 100,000.”
The overall case rate in the borough for the week to last Wednesday was 2,951 per 100,000 people.
Government data shows that 76 people in Rotherham went into hospital with coronavirus between Monday, December 27, and Sunday, January 2 — an increase of 105.4 per cent compared with the previous week.
Ten deaths were reported in Rotherham within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the week to Sunday — two-and-a-half times the figure for the week before.
Some Rotherham Council services have also been affected by the rising rate numbers, with Rhyme Time sessions at libraries suspended.
Mr Anderson urged Rotherham residents to have a booster vaccinnation, which more than three quarters (76 per cent) of eligible residents have done so far.
He also appealed to the 36,000 residents aged 12 and over who have not had any vaccination to get their jab.
Mr Anderson added: “Everyone can do their bit by continuing to wear face coverings in indoor venues, like shops, shopping malls, pharmacies, in school and on public transport and wash or sanitise hands regularly.
“This will help to reduce the spread of the virus.”