Platinum Jubilee Could Have Caused New Wave Of Covid As Experts’ ‘Endless In Sight’ Fear | United Kingdom | New
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) up to June 2 indicates that England and Northern Ireland are starting to see a significant rise in cases. BA.4 and BA.5 were officially designated as variants of concern (VOC) in the UK on May 20, having first been detected in South Africa in January and February this year.
According to the latest data from the ONS, it is estimated that around one in 70 people in England had Covid in the week to June 2.
In Northern Ireland it was around one in 65, in Wales around one in 75 and in Scotland around one in 40.
The new wave is driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which appear to be more highly transmissible than the current dominant BA.2 strain.
In South Africa, BA.4 and BA.5 were responsible for a second wave of Omicron infections from early May, which now appears to be leveling off.
However, South Africa has not been affected by the highly transmissible BA.2 variant in the same way as the UK, and scientists hoped that high levels of immunity against recent BA.2 infection and booster shots might be enough to prevent these new vaccines. variants gain a significant foothold here.
Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, told Mirror Online that Covid “will keep coming back” as the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants lead to a new wave of infections.
He told the publication that any push could have been spurred by the bank holiday Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
He said this particularly because people were off work and the average home is more densely populated than the average workplace.
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“That is absolutely not true. Lethality is something that could go either way.
“It might get less lethal, but that’s certainly no guarantee.”
However, he said it was unlikely there would be another lockdown unless there was a ‘leap in the biology of the virus’ and it becomes more resistant to immunity or more aggressive in creating disease.
Describing the worst-case scenario, he said: ‘There will be more infections, I would expect there to be waves of sick people, some kind of mass illness.
“And there could be an increase in the number of people ending up in hospital.”