Friday, September 30, 2022

COVID cases in the UK increased by over 30% last week

LONDON ( Associated Press) – The number of new coronavirus cases across the UK has jumped more than 30% over the past week, new data showed on Friday, with cases largely driven by the super infectious omicron variant.

Figures released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics showed that more than 3 million people in the UK had COVID-19 last week, although there has not been a similar increase in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 deaths also declined slightly in the past week.

“COVID-19 is not gone,” said Dr. Mary Ramsay of the Health Protection Agency. “It’s also wise to wear a face covering in crowded, closed spaces,” she said. Britain abandoned almost all of its coronavirus measures, which included wearing masks and social distancing, months ago and masks are rarely seen on public transport.

The latest surge in coronavirus cases comes after a nearly 40% increase last month, following large street parties, concerts and festivities held to mark platinum jubilee celebrations marking 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

British officials said the latest wave of COVID-19 infections was likely caused by the Omicron subvariant BA.4. and B.5. Omicron has caused a milder illness than previous forms such as alpha or delta, but its ability to evade the immune system, scientists warn, may make people more likely to be reinfected.including after vaccination.

“The continuous bombardment of waves has clinical implications that cannot be underestimated,” said Dr. Stephen Griffin, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Leeds.

Despite widespread vaccination across the UK, protection from vaccines is probably fading away and Omicron and its subtypes have become more contagious. Britain’s Health Protection Agency said they were seeing more outbreaks in care homes for older people and an increase in admissions to intensive care units for people over 65.

Former UK Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Van-Tam told the BBC that COVID-19 is now “very, very close to the seasonal flu” when it first emerged. Still, he said experts should be on the lookout for any signs that the virus is causing more serious illness.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute also reported a similar increase in the coronavirus, with cases rising especially among older people, children and adolescents. France has seen a jump in the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations and officials recently recommended that people start wearing masks again on public transport.

Globally, the World Health Organization said this week That COVID-19 is on the rise in more than 100 countries around the world. The UN health agency warned that easing testing and surveillance measures meant emerging forms could be more difficult to catch before they spread more widely.


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