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Covid cases in the UK rise by a third in a week, with one in 30 Britons infected

Official figures show COVID cases have risen by a third in a week.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 Brits is now infected.

New strains of the Omicron variant are pushing numbers back to record highs and causing a spike in hospital admissions

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New strains of the Omicron variant are pushing numbers back to record highs and causing a spike in hospital admissionsPhoto credit: Reuters

A total of 2.3 million people across the UK tested positive last week, compared with 1.7 million a week earlier.

New strains of the Omicron variant are pushing numbers back to record highs and causing a spike in hospitalizations.

ONS Covid expert Sarah Crofts said: “Across the UK we have seen a steady rise of over half a million infections, likely caused by the growth of BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

“This increase can be seen across all age groups, countries and regions in England.

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“We will continue to monitor the data closely to see if this growth continues in the coming weeks.”

ONS figures last week put infections at 1.8 million in England, 288,000 in Scotland, 106,000 in Wales and 71,000 in Northern Ireland.

The number of hospitalized patients with the virus in England rose to 8,928 from 6,401 a week ago.

Another report made Covid the leading cause of death for the second year in 2021.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5686401/uk-covid-cases-soar-by-third-in-week/ Covid cases in the UK rise by a third in a week, with one in 30 Britons infected

Sarah Y. Kim

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