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Covid news today: Infections rise for the first time in two months in the UK with fears of a new wave

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Covid-19 infections in the UK have risen for the first time in two months, new data reveals.

The jump is likely due to increases in cases supported by Omicron’s original BA.1 variant and newer BA.4 and BA.5 variants, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 989,800 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus last week, up from 953,900 the week before.

All four nations have seen an increase in infections, although the ONS describes the trend in Scotland and Wales as “uncertain”.

Meanwhile, new NHS data shows the number of people in England admitted to wards with Covid has started to grow.

Analysis by John Roberts of the Covid Actuaries group showed that hospital admissions had stopped falling after a period of decline.

Asked if the UK was headed for another wave, Mr. Roberts: “Yes, we could be, but… how big that wave is going to be and how severe it is going to be in terms of admissions and deaths is very, very hard to judge at this stage. ”

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Nine symptoms of Omicron that affect fully vaccinated people, and signs you may have it

China has imposed strict new lockdown measures on Shanghai as the country steps up efforts to wipe out a new round of coronavirus infections after they returned to a two-year high in May.

The Asian superpower has taken some of the most drastic measures since the start of the pandemic in recent weeks, even though its number of cases is low compared to other major countries because it has tied itself to an uncompromising “covid zero” strategy. “.

The latest increase in cases is believed to be due to Omicron, which is reported to be the dominant variant.

Here, we take a look at some of the most common symptoms associated with the variant for fully vaccinated people, and two early warning signs that you might have it.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 14:15

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Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 variants will be dominant in the UK

During the Independent Sage broadcast, Professor Christina Pagel warned that Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 variants will become the dominant strains in the UK.

This is what the professor had to say about these new variants:

  • There is a similar antibody response in people who received BA.1 and BA.2 boosters; however, most people received their booster several months ago.
  • Delta infection provided the least protection against any Omicron variant.
  • Infection with BA.2 provided good protection against BA.4 and BA.5.
  • Boosting with BA.1 or BA.2 provided the best protection against BA.4 and BA.5.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 14:02

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Shanghai and Beijing hit with new lockdowns and massive tests as Xi Jinping says ‘persistence is victory’

China’s commercial hub Shanghai and the national capital Beijing were hit on Friday with new lockdowns and new rounds of mass test drives, just days after grueling restrictions were lifted.

In a desperate attempt to control a wider outbreak after uncovering a few cases of community transmission and a cluster, Shanghai authorities imposed a lockdown on hundreds of thousands of people in five districts, it writes. shweta sharma.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 13:50

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‘The new wave is now starting’, says an expert

Professor Christina Pagel reporting on the Independent Sage Covid-19 livestream has said “the new wave is now starting”.

The professor added that while people seem to think the pandemic is over, the virus hasn’t gone anywhere.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 13:36

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Northern Ireland records another six deaths in weekly update

Six Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the latest weekly update.

The deaths, in the week ending June 3, bring the total number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 4,637.

The figure is drawn from different data sources and is always higher than the Department of Health total as it gives a bigger picture of the impact of Covid-19.

The department’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and include only people who have tested positive for the virus.

The Nisra figure includes 3,225 deaths in hospitals, 983 in nursing homes and 429 in residential addresses, hospices or elsewhere.

Nisra reported that as of June 3, the deaths of 1,287 nursing home residents were related to Covid-19, 27.8 percent of all coronavirus-related deaths.

Covid-19 was also mentioned on the death certificate for five of the 220 deaths recorded in the week to June 3.

Some of the deaths recorded in the week ending June 3 could have occurred before that week, as it can take days to record.

Those over 75 years of age account for 73.9% of Covid-related deaths recorded between March 19, 2020 and June 3, 2022.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 13:27

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Covid infections on the rise for the first time in two months

Covid infections have started to rise in the UK after two months of decline, new data shows.

The Office for National Statistics has said there are “early signs” of a possible rise in the percentage of people testing positive for Covid in England and Northern Ireland.

Our health correspondent rebeca tomas has more:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 June 2022 13:13

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UK Covid infections rise for the first time in two months

Covid-19 infections in the UK have increased for the first time in two months, with the increase likely due to increases in cases compatible with Omicron’s original BA.1 variant and newer BA.4 and BA variants. .5, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 989,800 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus last week, up from 953,900 the week before.

All four nations have seen an increase in infections, although the ONS describes the trend in Scotland and Wales as “uncertain”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 12:53

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That’s it for today’s coverage of Covid news. Thanks for following.

Lamiat SabinJune 9, 2022 16:08

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Three fined for Covid violations at Everard vigil

Three people have been fined for breaking coronavirus laws after attending a vigil for the murder of Sarah Everard.

Hundreds of people spontaneously gathered on Clapham Common, south London, after a socially distanced event proposed by Reclaim These Streets (RTS) was canceled when the Metropolitan Police threatened organizers with £10,000 fines.

Vigil surveillance by the Met, following the kidnapping, rape and murder of marketing executive Mrs Everard, 33, by serving PC Wayne Couzens, was heavily criticized after the women were handcuffed in the ground and carried by officers.

Matt Mathers9 June 2022 15:33

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How accurate are lateral flow tests?

How accurate are lateral flow tests?

My colleague laura hampson reports:

Matt Mathers9 June 2022 14:43

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