UK: COVID-19 cases increased sharply with about 1.7 million new cases last week

The number of new cases of COVID-19 is continuing to increase in all 4 countries of the UK, where the increase can be attributed to infections compatible with sub-variants of Omicron BA.4 and BA. 5.

This is the highest number of total COVID-19 infections since late April, but still far below the record increase of 4.9 million cases at the end of March.

The 23% increase is lower than last week’s 43% increase, where the total number of infections is now at levels recorded at the end of April, but well above the peak during the second COVID-12 outbreak. in the UK in January 2021.

SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to spread strongly in Scotland. The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the latest increase “could be caused by COVID-19 infections compatible with Omicron subtypes BA.4 and BA.5”, which are now thought to be those the most dominant strain in much of the UK.

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Scotland recorded 250,700 people who tested positive for COVID-19 last week (Image: AP)

The virus continues to be most prevalent in Scotland, where 250,700 people tested positive for COVID-19 last week, or one in 20.

This is the highest weekly gain in Scotland since mid-April.

LIVE England region, 1.4 million people likely contracted the virus last week, equivalent to 1 in 40 people. This is up from 1.1 million cases, or 1 in 50 people, in the previous week.

Wales has seen the number of COVID-19 infections rise slightly to 68,500, or one in every 45, up from 64,800 patients.

LIVE Northern Irelandan estimated 59,900 people have been infected with COVID-19, which is one in 30 people, up from 42,900, or one in 45 people.

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