Figures show Covid cases are on the rise again in the UK, with the suggestion that the rise is likely to be caused by infections compatible with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5
Figures show Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the UK.
The virus is reportedly increasing in all four nations, with the rise likely being driven by the latest Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.
It has been suggested that the virus is becoming more widespread as the number of people hospitalized with Covid is also on an upward trend in most parts of the country.
According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 1.7 million people in homes were estimated to have had the virus in the past week – up 23% from 1.4 million the week before.
The 23% jump is smaller than the 43% jump in the previous week’s numbers. However, this means overall infections are now at levels last seen in late April.
They are also higher than the peak reached during the second virus wave in January 2021.
However, infections are still below the record 4.9 million recorded at the peak of the Omicron BA.2 wave in late March this year.
The ONS said the recent surge was “probably caused by infections compatible with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5”, which are believed to be the most dominant strains in much of the UK.
The virus remains most prevalent in Scotland, where 250,700 people are likely to have tested positive for Covid-19 last week, or one in 20.
This is up from 176,900, or one in 30, week-on-week and is the highest estimate for Scotland since mid-April.
In England, 1.4 million people are believed to have had the virus last week, the equivalent of around one in 40.
This is an increase from 1.1 million, or one in 50 people, over the previous week.
In Wales, infections have risen slightly to 68,500 people, or one in 45, versus 64,800, also one in 45.
In Northern Ireland, Covid-19 infections rose from 42,900, or one in 45, to an estimated 59,900 people, or one in 30.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-cases-rise-across-uk-27323436 Covid cases are rising across the UK as an estimated 1.7million people had the virus last week