The spread of COVID-19 in the UK has reached record levels, with around 1 in 13 people estimated to have been infected with the virus in the past week, the latest figures from Britain’s official statistics agency showed.
The Office for National Statistics said on Friday that some 4.9 million people were estimated to have the coronavirus in the week ending March 26, up from the 4.3 million recorded in the previous week, the latest surge driven by the more permeable Omicron version BA.2, Which is the major version across the UK.
Hospitalization and passing rates are rising once again, although the number of recent COVID-19 deaths is still low. In any case, the most recent assessment proposes that the sharp move in new infections since late February, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended all additional COVID restrictions in England, proceeded well into March.
The figures came on the day the public authority finished free rapid COVID-19 testing for a great many people in England, under Johnson’s “Living with COVID” plan. Individuals who don’t have ailments that make them more helpless against the Covid are presently expected to pay for tests to see whether they are infected.
More than 67% of people 12 years of age and older in the UK have received a booster or third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Starting Saturday, parents can likewise book a reduced portion immunization for children ages 5 to 12 in England.
James Naismith, a professor of biology at the University of Oxford, said he believes most people in the country will be infected with the BA.2 variant by the summer, except for those who are completely shielded or not vulnerable to the virus are likely to occur.
DeltaCron is a hybrid version of Delta and Omicron
According to experts, it is a super-super-mutant virus, whose scientific name is BA.1 + B.1.617.2. Experts have said that there is a hybrid strain made of Delta and Omicron, which was first discovered by researchers in Cyprus last month. At that time, scientists considered it a technical mistake in the lab. However, presently cases are coming to the front in Britain.
The number of cases is rising again, with one out of every 13 people infected in the week ending March 26, according to an infection survey by the Office for National Statistics. The survey is believed to give the best picture of infections across the UK as people are randomly selected to participate. Survey participants are tested weekly across the country and there is a gap of several days for the data to be published. A highly-contagious sub-version of Omicron, called BA.2, is now causing the majority of cases.