16 August numbers show schoolkids make up a five times greater proportion of infections now and are catching the virus at a rate almost 100 times higher than they were two months ago
A screenshot of Public Health England’s coronavirus infection data from mid-August has further exposed the lie – agreed by both the Tories and Keith Starmer – that ‘school is safe’ in the pandemic.
In response to a chart showing the latest coronavirus infection data, one Twitter user posted a screenshot she had taken of the equivalent data for 16 August.
The contrast is chilling.
On that date, children aged 10-19 made up less than 5% of all infections – infections that were overall at a far lower rate than now:
Now, from less than 5% less than 2 months ago, 10-19s make up almost a quarter (24%) of new infections:
And because the current number of new cases is much larger – 17.5 times larger as of yesterday – it means that the number of children being infected each day has risen almost 100-fold in two months.
And it cannot be argued that the growth in that age bracket is driven largely by 18- and 19yos, because data on the 11-16 age group shows a rapid and exponential growth in infections over the last month:
From being almost the least-affected age-group, 10-19yos are the second-highest – and by far the fastest-growing.
In fact, the scale and rate of growth are enough to demonstrate that schools are the driver of the second wave.
Yet the Tories refuse even to consider closing them again, while shutting pubs and restaurants that contribute only 4% of cases.
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