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CASES of the coronavirus are soaring among people in their 40s and 50s as hospital cases double in nine days, official data has revealed.

Data from Public Health England (PHE) states that cases of the virus have risen by 90 per cent in middle aged people in England.

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For every 100,000 people aged between 40 and 49, 23.

4 cases are diagnosed, which is up from 12.4 at the end of August.

Infection rates for those in their 50s have also doubled in the last week, climbing from 10.9 to 20.

The growing number of cases comes as people across the country scramble to get a test.

Yesterday it was reported that another 3,105 people had tested positive for the virus, with 27 people having lost their lives to the deadly bug as the UK's grim tally rose to 41,664.

The data from PHE also showed that cases numbers have risen most dramatically in people in their 20s.

Health secretary Matt Hancock had previously blamed the "affluent young" for a rise in case numbers.

He said people between 17-21 have a problem adhering to social distancing rules.

The PHE data showed that the infection rate for people in their 30s is also up.

It has jumped from 19.6 last week to 29.8 this week.

For people aged 40 to 49, it has jumped from 13.5 to 23.4.

For those in their 50s it has climbed from 10.9 to 20 and for those in their sixties it has gone from 7.5 to 12.4.

4Data from the Department of Health shows how many patients have been admitted to hospital

Rates in those most vulnerable to the virus - those over 70, have gone from 4.6 to 7.3 and for those in their 80s it has gone from 8.9 to 12.9.

While kids have now returned back to the classroom, many parents have being trying to secure coronavirus tests from them.

Experts have previously said that kids have different symptoms of the virus, but are not super spreaders.

The data from PHE stated that cases in kids up to the age of four has risen from 5.6 to 7.7 while kids aged 10 to 19 cases have gone from 5.1 to 8.1.

Hospital admissions

Another factor that indicates the severity of the pandemic is hospital admissions.

Data from the government suggests that these have more than doubled in the last ten days.

The data - which is available on the government's website, revealed that more than 150 patients had been infected with the virus and required treatment.

This is up from a seven day rolling average of 52 on August 31.

Data from the department of health showed that just 85 patients were admitted to hospital with the virus last Sunday.





Cases on the up

The latest figures from PHE come as experts claim a second wave of the virus "won't be as bad as the first.

Officials claim that while cases are on the rise in the UK, the curve will be flatter compared to the start and the peak of the pandemic in March and April.

It comes after the Office for National Statistics yesterday revealed that influenza and pneumonia is still killing ten times more people in England than Covid-19.

The latest data from the ONS revealed that deaths from coronavirus fell below 100 for the first time since March.

The Daily Mail reported that government officials believe that social distancing, combined with local lockdowns, will see a reduction in both deaths and case numbers.

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Areas such as Newcastle, Leeds and Merseyside have all been added to the government's watch list as cases climb - but the experts said that rising infection rates are "normal".

Belgium scientist Jean-Luc Gala said people should "no longer worry" about the virus and should just look at measures to curb the spread.

Speaking to La Dernière Heure he said: "The virus circulating in a category that does not suffer from it, young people will at worst have small symptoms, at best nothing at all."

He added that those who are only hit by mild symptoms would help achieve wider immunity in communities.

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Simon Cowell will make it to America’s Got Talent finale six weeks after breaking back, claims Heidi Klum

SIMON Cowell will make his first public appearance just weeks after breaking his back on the America's Got Talent finale.

The media mogul's fellow judge Heidi Klum made the shocking announcement and told fans to get ready to see him at at next week's show.

8Heidi Klum says her America's Got Talent guest judge will appear at next week's finaleCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Heidi said: "He is going to come to the finale, but do not tell anyone."

But it is not known in what capacity Simon will appear on the show or if he will dial in via video link.

A close friend of Simon's told the Mirror it was "very unlikely" Simon would be coming back to work on air so soon.

Simon continues to recover at home after breaking his back in a bike crash last month. 

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The X Factor supremo — who smashed three vertebrae when he was thrown from a super-powered electric bike — is recuperating at home in Malibu with partner Lauren Silverman, 43.

Adrenaline junkie Simon was hurt when a £15,000 Swind EB-01 electric bike he was testing for the first time upended in front of his and Lauren’s kids.

But he is “keen” to return to work and it has been reported that he wants to fly to London in October for the live final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Simon, worth an estimated $517million, had hoped to return to work imminently by recording segments to appear in both the AGT and BGT semi-finals but has decided to delay his public comeback.

8Simon had hoped to be back at work sooner but is resting at his Malibu homeCredit: PA:Press Association

His replacement AGT judge and very good friend, Howie Mandel, has praised Simon's strength.

"I would not count out seeing Simon again before this season's end," he said.

Howie has come under fire from AGT fans who accused the 64-year-old comedian of trying to “replace” Simon, 60, with tough critique to contestants during semi-finals last week on the NBC competition. 

But after the backlash he seemed to soften his approach and fans praised his new "positive” attitude".

8Howie is filling in for his good friend Credit: Getty Images - Getty

The Deal or No Deal host appeared to take notice of the backlash from viewers, as he lightened up with his feedback to the acts on Tuesday. 

New York dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew performed first and wowed Howie - along with co-stars Sofia Vergara, 48, and Heidi Klum, 47. 

“Great opening! You guys were amazing and you really stepped it up,” the comic gushed to the boys as he gave them a standing ovation. 

He then told teenage singing sensation Kenadi Dodds that she made a “huge step up” after being blasted for not liking her last performance. 

8Fans accused the comedian of trying to be too much like Simon, but softened his tone this week after the backlashCredit: NBC

After The Bello Sisters stunned with their flexibility once again, Howie noted he was “beyond impressed.”

The TV personality said he was “in awe” of their strength before randomly noting that their mother - who appeared in the pre-recorded package - is “stunning.”

Howie called singer Clina her “one of his favorites” with “loads of talent.”

“Is this worthy of moving on to the finals? I think so… but we will see if it’s enough,” he questioned.

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Howie was not easily impressed after the final of the top 44 acts gave it their all for a chance on moving on to the semifinals tomorrow. 

The audience - which is watching on virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions - began to boo and scream at Howie.

In fact, the negative reaction from viewers was so explosive, Howie tweeted: “I never thought a virtual audience could boo so loudly.”

Fans took notice of the game show host’s displeased criticism throughout the episode and accused him of trying to sound like the American Idol alum.

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