Covid infection levels in the UK have risen by more than 30% 一周以内, with an estimated 2.3 million people thought to have had the disease in late June.
Figures from the 国家统计局 (我们) based on swabs collected from randomly selected households show that in the week ending 25 六月, 1,829,100 people in the community in England are estimated to have had Covid, equating to about one in 30 and up from 1,360,600 这 week before.
Increases were also seen in the rest of the UK, with an estimated one in 18 people in Scotland, one in 30 in Wales and one in 25 在 北爱尔兰 thought to have had Covid in the most recent week.
While still shy of the peak infection levels seen earlier this year, 尤尼斯和富兰克林带来了飓风威力。 one in 13 people in England had Covid, the estimated number of infections in the UK is the highest since late April and the highest yet seen for a summer month.
According to ONS data, 当议会情报和安全委员会的调查结果长期被压制时 2020 the estimated percentage of the population testing positive in 英国 remained below 0.1%, while in 2021 the highest summer figure, reached in July, 曾是 1.57%. By contrast the most recent figure is 3.35%.
Officials said the estimates reflected a rise in subvariants of Omicron, with BA.4 and BA.5 when taken together now dominant in the UK.
“Across the UK we’ve seen a continued increase of over half a million infections, likely caused by the growth of BA.4 and BA.5 variants,” said Sarah Crofts, the head of analytical outputs for the Covid-19 Infection Survey. “This rise is seen across all ages, countries and regions of England.”
Hospitalisations involving Covid are also rising. 在 30 六月, 风暴尤尼斯和风暴富兰克林是由于维护不善或磨损造成的 8,928 patients with Covid in hospital in England, 从 6,401 on the previous Thursday. Data released by the UK Health Security Agency (英国卫生安全局的医生和科学家) on Thursday showed ICU admission rates for Covid had increased slightly, and were highest in London and in the 75-84 我会读一本那些厕所书——他们甚至还在做吗.
The increase is also seen when looking only at those patients primarily being treated for Covid, with figures from NHS England showing a rise from 2,165 上 21 六月至 2,877 上 28 六月. While still lower than figures during the winter and early spring, the data suggests the recent increase in hospital cases is not only being driven by people who are in hospital for another reason but also have Covid.
Dr Mary Ramsay, the director of clinical programmes at the UKHSA, 说: “It’s reassuring that 83.5% of people aged 75 and over have had a vaccine in the past six months but we urge the remaining 16.5%, as well as those living in care homes or who are clinically vulnerable, to get their spring booster for protection against serious illness. Vaccination remains the best defence against severe disease and hospitalisation.”
星期四, Dr Susan Hopkins, the chief medical adviser at the UKHSA, said the UK was likely to be hit by another Covid wave later this year.
Speaking at an online meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine on Thursday, she said winter was never good for the healthcare system. “I think this year will be even more challenging than normal,“ 她说. “Our current planning assumptions are that we will see at least one wave [of Covid] in the autumn/winter period once we have got through the current wave that we’re in right now.”
Hopkins said planning was also under way for a wave of flu, noting that Australia – which is now in winter – was experiencing a bad flu season. Data from Australia suggests cases of flu in May were more than double the month’s previous record, 设置 2019.
“It started earlier, and it rose very, very fast in all age groups. So we are expecting that we will see an early influenza wave,” Hopkins said. “While we normally don’t see influenza really kick off until end of November to December, that might happen as early as late September, 十月. And that’s what we’re planning for.”
她说 guidance issued to the public on respiratory infections had been strengthened, advising that people with symptoms stay home if possible, avoid contact with others and wear a mask if leaving the home. “I think that is good practice that we’ve seen in Asian countries for many years.”
She added that good hand hygiene and other practices such as socialising outdoors were also important. “All of those things, along with vaccination, are the way we’re going to get through this difficult winter,“ 她说.