UK heading towards quarter of a million cases per day, lead scientist predicts
The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 in England has risen as experts warn the fifth wave of the virus has already started.
Some 7,822 patients in England had Covid-19 on June 27, up 37 per cent on the previous week, NHS figures show.
It is the highest total for nearly two months but is still some way below the peak of 16,600 patients during the Omicron BA.2 wave.
Professor Tim Spector, of the ZOE Covid symptom study app, said: “We’re in a wave at the moment,” he said, “heading towards a quarter of a million cases a day, that’s a wave already.”
The latest figures show 1.7 million people are testing positive across the UK, a 23 per cent increase on the week before.
Scientists believe the dramatic rise in cases is due to new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 which have mutated further, thus are able to evade immunity more.
Wimbledon Covid-19 guidelines under review in wake of Matteo Berrettini withdrawal
Wimbledon’s Covid-19 guidelines are under review after Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic were both forced to withdraw from the Championships due to positive tests.
Players are currently being asked to test only if they develop Covid symptoms, in line with UK Government guidelines, but Wimbledon are monitoring the situation in the wake of the withdrawal of two top names in the men’s draw.
Berrettini, last year’s finalist and a contender for the title this fortnight at the All England Club, pulled out of the tournament just hours after he was set to open his campaign on Court No 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
There is no daily testing requirement at this year’s Championships but tournament organisers are monitoring the situation
ICYMI: Covid hospital patients in England up by 37 per cent
Hospital beds taken up by Covid patients have surged by 37 per cent, as experts warn the UK has entered its fifth wave.
The number of Covid positive patients in hospitals across England has jumped to 7,822 – up by more than 2,000 in a week.
As of Monday, the number of patients in critical care jumped to 192 – up from 150 the week prior, according to NHS data.
Rebecca Thomas and Thomas Kingsley report.
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But now? It is as if it had never happened. Yet there is another wave of Covid coming through, directly after the wave of complacency that has ripped through the nation since restrictions were lifted – too soon and too abruptly – in February, Sean O’Grady writes.
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Covid expert warns public not to be ‘complacent’ with new Omicron subvariants
Professor Christina Pagel, director of Clinical Operational Research Unit at UCL, has warned the public not to be “complacent” with Omicron, stating that BA.5 will become the dominant variant in the UK.
The professor added that the new Covid subvariants are more transmissible than previous Omicron strain, BA.2.
Covid-19 deaths remain low while infections and hospital numbers rise
A total of 264 deaths registered in the seven days to June 17 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is down slightly from 284 deaths in the previous week and remains well below the 1,125 recorded in the peak week of the Omicron BA.2 wave of infections earlier in the year.
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Prevalence of coronavirus is growing due to the spread of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
Percentage of people testing positive increases across whole of UK
The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) increased in all UK countries in the week ending 18 June 2022 (17 June for Scotland).
The increase was likely caused by infections from Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.
The estimated percentage of the community population (those not in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings) that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:
- 1,360,600 (1 in 40 people) in England
- 68,500 (1 in 45 people) in Wales
- 59,900 (1 in 30 people) in Northern Ireland
- 250,700 (1 in 20 people) in Scotland
Infections increased in the majority of English regions, and in all age groups in England.
Most school pupils in England had COVID-19 antibodies by March 2022
Almost all primary and secondary school pupils in England had detectable levels of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in March 2022.
Adjusted antibody data from the Schools Infection Survey, for March to April 2022, showed that more than 99 per cent of secondary school pupils had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, comprised of 64.9 per cent who were vaccinated and 34.4 per cent who were unvaccinated.
For primary school pupils, 82.0% had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, based on adjusted figures. This is comprised of 0.4 per cent who were vaccinated and 81.6 per cent who were unvaccinated.
Covid: Calls for UK booster jabs by autumn as cases continue to rise
Covid boosters will be needed in September as cases continue to rise, a government vaccines expert has warned.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the government’s Joint Committee on Immunisations and Vaccinations, suggested a fifth jab will need to be rolled out for the most vulnerable as immunity to the virus gained by previous booster campaigns wanes.
Professor Finn suggested September would be a good time to start a new booster campaign when the NHS usually also begins rolling out flu vaccines.
Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas reports:
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Most infectious Covid variants as Omicron fuels rise in UK cases
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