Great Britain: More people in hospital because of Corona
The number of cases in Great Britain has increased since the end of the restrictions. More and more people are in the hospitals.
Berlin. More and more Britons with Covid-19 have been in the country for a few weeks hospital. Currently, over 2000 patients are admitted every day – a month ago it was just over 1000.
Die case numbers have also been increasing sharply until recently: last week the statistics agency reported that around 5 million people in the UK were infected with Covid – more than at any time since the pandemic began. Recently, the number of cases seems to be slowly falling again.
Corona: In the meantime, more and more people over the age of 55 are becoming infected
While the pandemic has spread since the beginning of March, especially in younger age groups has spread widely, the over-55s are now becoming increasingly infected. According to their estimates, more than eight percent of this age group is infected, said Professor Paul Elliott from Imperial College London. “This is an absolutely unprecedented level,” said Elliott.
There are several reasons for the increase. Since the end of February there have been none in Great Britain restrictions more: No mask requirement, no vaccination certificates, and no obligation to isolate after a positive Covid test. Instead, the government says you must now learn to “live with Covid”.
Omicron variant BA.2 is even more contagious
So the majority of the population behaves as if Covid were one ordinary illness degraded, with which one now has to put up with. Pubs are full, the London Underground is too, and very few people wear face masks in shops or on public transport.
Another reason is that the new omicron variant BA.2 has largely replaced the original omicron mutant – and it’s even more contagious than the old one. Experts estimate that BA.2 for 90 percent of the new infections responsible in the UK.
In addition, the vaccination protection in older people slowly decreases.
Fourth corona vaccination should help
For many, it has been more than 15 weeks since their third vaccination and they are therefore less well protected against infection or serious illness – this is sometimes a reason why the hospitalizations have increased in this age group. Now that the pandemic is spreading again, especially among older Britons, experts say this trend will intensify.
To counteract this, the government recently launched a second booster campaign, i.e. one fourth vaccination. Adults over 75, people in nursing homes and young people over 12 with a weak immune system can register for the booster three months after their last vaccination.