Covid-19 infections proceed to surge throughout the UK, with the variety of folks in England estimated to have the virus leaping 20 per cent to 1.3mn prior to now week, in accordance with the most recent official survey.
The fast unfold of infections is pushed by new Omicron subvariants and has raised the virus’s prevalence within the inhabitants to the best stage since April 2022, the weekly survey by the Office for National Statistics confirmed.
Scotland has been hit hardest by the most recent Covid wave.
The information launched on Friday, masking the week to June 18, present that an estimated 1.36mn — 2.5 per cent of the inhabitants — in England would check constructive for Covid. That is a rise of 20 per cent on the earlier week, which was itself up 43 per cent on the week earlier than.
Kara Steel, senior statistician for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, mentioned: “Rates have continued to rise across the UK, with the largest increase seen in Scotland . . . These increases are largely driven by the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.”
In Scotland 4.76 per cent of the inhabitants in Scotland had Covid-19 or about one in 20 folks — up 40 per cent on the earlier week.
“In England, infections increased across all age groups, with the lowest level of infection seen in school aged children,” mentioned Steel.
The ONS examine relies on testing a consultant vary of households throughout the UK. About 150,000 samples are analysed each month. The survey doesn’t depend upon check outcomes submitted from the final inhabitants.