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Spread COVID-19 In the United kingdom It has reached record levels, with an estimated 1 in 13 people injured with the virus Last week, according to the latest figures from Britain’s official statistics agency.
An estimated 4.9 million people contracted the coronavirus in the week ending March 26, the Office for National Statistics said Friday, up from 4.3 million recorded in the previous week. The last impulse is driven by the most transmissible omicron variant Bachelor 2which is the prevalent form throughout the United Kingdom
Hospitalization and death rates are rising again, although the number of people dying from COVID-19 is still relatively low compared to earlier this year. However, the latest estimates point to a sharp rise in new infections since late February, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson It has lifted all remaining coronavirus restrictions in England, and will run until March.
The numbers came on the same day the government ended free rapid COVID-19 tests for most people in England, under Johnson’s “Live with COVID” plan. People who do not have health conditions that make them more susceptible to contracting the virus now need to pay for tests to see if they are infected.
“The government’s ‘live with COVID’ strategy of removing any mitigations, isolation, free testing and a large slice of our surveillance means nothing more than ignoring this virus in the future,” He said Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds medical School.
“This unchecked proliferation threatens the protection it provides us Vaccines“Our vaccines are excellent, but they are not a silver bullet and should not be left to bear the brunt of COVID in isolation,” he said.
More than 67% of people aged 12 and over in the UK have been vaccinated and have received a booster or third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. From Saturday, parents can also book a low-dose vaccine for children aged 5 to 12 years in England.
James Naismith, a professor of biology at the University of Oxford, said he believes that except for those who are fully protected or not exposed to the virus, it is likely that most people in the country will have the BA.2 variant by summer.
“This is literally coexisting with the virus by being infected with it,” he said.
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