England is experiencing a significantly higher number of norovirus cases than usual, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). National surveillance data shows laboratory reports of the virus are 66 percent higher than the average at this time of year.

UKHSA states that present levels of norovirus cases have not been seen in over a decade.

The group with the largest increase of confirmed norovirus cases are people aged 65 years and older. The number of outbreaks caused by norovirus have increased in hospitals, schools, and care homes, with the majority of outbreaks reported in care home settings.

Norovirus is a commonly foodborne illness that is highly infectious and is easily spread through contact with someone with the infection or with contaminated surfaces. UKHSA is reminding those who work with food to stay home if they are experiencing norovirus symptoms.