On common one in 21 folks within the UK presently have symptomatic Covid, the most recent figures counsel.
Professor Tim Spector, Scientific Co-Founding father of ZOE feedback on the most recent COVID knowledge: “Our ZOE Well being Research knowledge exhibits the UK is in a brand new COVID wave that would quickly exceed 300,000 day by day circumstances, bringing us to ranges seen through the top of the pandemic for the UK. It has already overtaken earlier information in Scotland. Our app based mostly knowledge is reassuringly in step with the ONS survey final week – however their outcomes are lagging behind ours by as much as every week.
“The rise is primarily because of the Omicron BA.5 COVID variant which is now dominant within the UK. This variant is especially good at immune escape, inflicting a rise in reinfections in folks despite vaccines and pure immunity, significantly over the previous few weeks. With the massive numbers of festivals taking place, I predict charges will proceed to rise for the subsequent week or so.
“The one excellent news is that the signs are nonetheless gentle with fewer deaths than in different earlier waves, although worryingly the variety of hospitalisations is quickly growing. I’d nonetheless advise folks to guard themselves by sporting good high quality FFP2 or FFP3 masks in crowded or poorly ventilated areas and testing themselves if doable if they’ve any COVID signs.”
READ MORE: Caught Covid? You might be at a threefold larger danger of everlasting decline – new research