Across the UK, COVID cases are on the rise as an estimated 2.3 million people, or every 30, have coronavirus, a 32% increase, reveals a new study.
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the increase is being driven by two new fast-spreading sub-variants of Omicron known as BA.4 and BA.5 , reports the BBC.
‘The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care has reached 211 in the UK, up from 111 at the beginning of June.’
People can become infected even if they have had Covid-19 before, but the shots are helping to protect against serious illness.
Health officials are urging anyone over the age of 75 who has not had a vaccine or booster shot in the past six months, to get vaccinated, the report said.
COVID in the UK
Sarah Crofts, from the ONS, said: “Across the UK we have seen a continued increase in more than half a million infections, possibly due to the development of BA.4 and BA variants. BA.5”.
In its UK analysis, it found infections were on the rise in all regions and all age groups. In Scotland, which has the highest rate of Covid-19 in the UK since the end of May, the increase in infections may be slowing down a bit.
In January 2021, more than 3,700 people needed this type of care at a time when intensive care units were at risk of being overwhelmed.