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Is Covid growing? the number of cases in the UK as the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants spread

Is Covid once again on the rise? Simple: there are an increasing number of cases.

One of the fastest rates of increase seen since the pandemic started, they have increased by 98% in a little more than three weeks.

Daily symptomatic cases have been well above the 200,000 threshold since the first UK Covid-19 case, which was about two months ago.

From 114,030 on June 1 to 225,464 today, they have increased.

Part of the increase, particularly in the first half of the month, can be attributed to the Jubilee celebrations, which got underway on June 2 and brought a sizable number of people from all over the nation together.

However, significant events typically stop contributing to new cases for much longer than a fortnight.

Another concern is waning immunity, as defenses developed from earlier vaccinations and infections typically start to decline after three to six months.

But it appears that the rapid expansion of the new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 is by far the main cause of the increase.

Even though it’s still early, all the evidence points to them being fundamentally more contagious, more severe, and better at circumventing any immunity people have developed than earlier Omicron subvariants.

The new Moderna booster, which targets Omicron specifically rather than the original Covid-19 strain, has promise as a preventative measure for infections.

Even in the best-case scenario, however, that won’t be accessible until late August, and even then, as things stand, only to those who are clinically vulnerable or older than 65.

Before leveling off and possibly declining slightly over the course of the school summer break, cases are predicted to rise steadily for about two weeks.

But even then, they will cоntinue tо be high, and an additiоnal wave is expected tо оccur in the fall when temperatures drоp and schооl resumes.

Peоple wоuld be wise tо take precautiоns up until that pоint, such as wearing face masks, getting tоgether оutside whenever pоssible, and avоiding crоwds in stuffy indооr spaces.

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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