UK Hits Record COVID Levels; almost 5 million infected

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The prevalence of COVID-19 by doing United Kingdom has reached record levels, estimated at about 1 in 13 people infected with the virus in the past week, according to the latest figures from Britain’s Bureau of Statistics.

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An estimated 4.9 million people had the coronavirus in the week ended March 26, up from 4.3 million the previous week, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. The recent surge is being driven by the more transferrable Omicron variant BA.2which is the dominant variant throughout Great Britain

FILE – Family members write a message to two sisters who died of COVID on the wall of the National Covid Memorial in London on Tuesday March 29, 2022. Latest figures from the UK Statistics Office show the prevalence of COVID-19 in the UK has reached record levels, with an estimated 1 in 13 people contracting the virus in the past week. About 4.9 million people are estimated to have the virus in the week ending March 26, up from 4.3 million the previous week, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday, April 1, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Hospital admissions and death rates are rising again, although the number of people dying from COVID-19 is still relatively low compared to earlier this year. Still, the latest estimates suggest that the steep rise in new infections since late February has continued British Prime Minister Boris Johnson all remaining coronavirus restrictions in England scrapped has continued well into March.

The figures came on the same day the Government ended free rapid COVID-19 tests for most people in England as part of Johnson’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan. People who don’t have health problems that make them more susceptible to the virus now have to pay for tests to find out if they’re infected.

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“The Government’s ‘Living With COVID’ strategy of removing all mitigation, isolation, free testing and a significant portion of our surveillance amounts to nothing more than ignoring this virus going forward.” called Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds medical School.

“Such uncontrolled dissemination jeopardizes the protection that our vaccinations“, he said. “Our vaccines are excellent, but they are not miracle cures and should not, in isolation, bear the brunt of COVID.”

FILE - Family members of those who died from COVID walk past the wall of the National Covid Memorial in London, Tuesday March 29, 2022.

FILE – Family members of those who died from COVID walk past the wall of the National Covid Memorial in London, Tuesday March 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

More than 67% of people aged 12 and over in the UK have been vaccinated and received their booster or third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Parents in England can also book a low-dose vaccine for children aged 5 to 12 from Saturday.

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James Naismith, a professor of biology at Oxford University, said he believed most people in the country would likely be infected with the BA.2 variant by the summer, except for those who were fully shielded or not susceptible to the virus.

“This is literally living with the virus by contracting it,” he said.

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