Covid infections in UK rise as hospitalisations in England jump 40 per cent
October 3, 2022
Health UK

Covid infections in UK rise as hospitalisations in England jump 40 per cent

UK Covid infections surge as 300,000 people infected in last week

London (UK)-The ONS said the latest increase was “likely caused by infections compatible with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5”, which are now thought to be the most dominant strains in much of the UK.

This is the highest estimate for total infections since the end of April but is still well below the record high of 4.9 million which was reached at the end of March.

The rise of 23% is lower than the 43% jump in the previous week’s figures, but it means total infections are now at levels last seen at the end of April.

They are also higher than the peak reached during the second wave of the virus in January 2021.

According to new data, which points to an increase in infections following the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A total of 1,739,700 people tested positive for the virus in the week to June 18, estimates from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics showed Friday.

That figure is up 75% from two weeks prior before Brits celebrated the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne with a long weekend of street parties and social gatherings.

The two variants now make up more than half of new Covid cases in England, accounting for approximately 22% and 39% of cases, respectively.

“It is clear that the increasing prevalence of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are significantly increasing the case numbers we have observed in recent weeks,” the UKHSA’s chief medical advisor, Professor Susan Hopkins, said Friday.

UKHSA’s latest analysis suggests BA.5 is growing 35.1% faster than the previously dominant BA.2, while BA.4 is growing around 19.1% faster. That suggests that BA.5 is likely to soon become the dominant Covid variant in the U.K.

Both variants were designated “variants of concern” in May, though scientists said there is currently no evidence to suggest either cause more serious illness than previous strains.

However, health experts reminded people to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date and to continue following Covid-safe behaviour. That includes staying at home if you have any respiratory symptoms or a fever and limiting contact with others until you are feeling better.

“As prevalence increases, it’s more important than ever that we all remain alert, take precautions, and ensure that we’re up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which remain our best form of defence against the virus,” Hopkins said.

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