Supermarkets are most common place to catch Covid, new data reveals

PEOPLE are most likely to catch the coronavirus at the supermarket, official data has revealed.

Supermarkets have remained open during both national lockdowns and new data collated by Public Health England (PHE) from the NHS Test and Trace App has revealed that shops are the most frequent Covid exposure setting.

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PHE analysed data of people who contracted the virus between November9 and November 15.

They looked at the contacts of those who had caught the virus and retraced the steps of 128,808 people who tested positive.

Supermarkets were the most common location of people who reported to have tested positive for the virus.

Of those who tested positive, it was found that 18.3 per cent had visited a supermarket.

At the start of the pandemic large queues were seen outside of supermarkets as people lined up to buy essentials.

Shops had limited the amount of people inside as they tried to maintain social distancing measures.

Shoppers in supermarkets also have to wear face masks when buying their goods – unless they are exempt under national guidelines.

In September supermarket bosses urged customers to not panic buy products after shelves were left empty during the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.


 

Both primary and secondary schools reopened in September after kids were kept off school during the first national lockdown.

The data found that secondary schools were the second place where transmission was highest, followed by primary schools.

It was revealed that 12.7 per cent of people who tested positive had attended secondary school and 10.1 per cent had attended a primary school.

This could be pupils attending the school, teachers or other staff who work at schools, parents at the school gates may have also been at risk of catching the virus.

The government vowed to keep schools open and said the education of kids was a priority.

In the last week, 124 clusters of the coronavirus have been reported in English secondary schools.

In total, there have been 822 reported clusters of the coronavirus in English secondary schools.

In primary schools there has been a total of 732 clusters reported.

Hull in East Yorkshire is currently one of the most infected areas in the country and it was this week reported that schools in the area are on the brink of collapse as thousands of secondary school pupils have been forced to self isolate.

This week Chris Long, the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive, has said that a stiffer lockdown is needed to tackle growing cases in the area.

He said schools might have to be closed in the area in order to curb transmission.

Hospitals, colleges, care homes and warehouses all followed as the places where transmission was highest.

Surprisingly, just 3.6 per cent of people who had tested positive had been in a hospital setting – this could include patients, doctors and nurses, visitors tothe hospital or other hospital staff members.

Care homes were also found to have a lower transmission rate and 2.8 per cent of people who tested positive said they had been at a care home.

Unlike secondary and primary schools, just 2.4 per cent of people who said they had been at a college had tested positive for the virus.

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