Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup 6 May 2021
06 May 2021
ONS have published data on vaccination rates among different ethnic groups, provisional estimates of alcohol-specific deaths in 2020 and some up-to-date indicators of economic and social activity.
The main points include:
Among adults aged 50 years and over in England, those identifying as Black Caribbean and Black African were the least likely to have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 12 April 2021 (66.8% and 71.2% respectively); this compares with 93.7% of the White British population.
Separate data show that 30% of Black or Black British adults were hesitant towards COVID-19 vaccines in the period 31 March to 25 April 2021; this had improved since the start of the year but remained the highest among all ethnic groups.
There were 7,423 deaths from alcohol-specific causes registered in England and Wales in 2020 (equivalent to 13.0 per 100,000 people), the highest since records began in 2001.
The difference between 2019 and 2020 widened in each successive quarter; the age-standardised rate of alcohol-specific deaths in 2020 was 8.5% higher in Quarter 1, 17.4% higher in Quarter 2, 21.9% higher in Quarter 3 and 28.3% higher in Quarter 4, than in the equivalent quarter of 2019.
Seated diner restaurant reservations on Saturday 1 May 2021 were at 71% of the level seen on the same Saturday in 2019, 9 percentage points higher than the equivalent figure from the previous week.