Three new Covid variants surge in UK as hospital cases rocket | UK | News


Experts are sounding a warning after Covid admissions shot up by an eyewatering 24 percent in a single week.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Covid hospital admissions have shot up in the week to Sunday, with a rate of 3.31 per 100,000 people compared to 2.67 the week before.

Hospital cases were highest in people aged 85 or over, and although intensive care admissions were ‚very low‘ they did increase slightly to 0.12 per 100,000.

The rise in cases has been linked to three new variants of ‚FLiRT‘ Covid, calld K.P1.1, KP.2 and KP.3, which were responsible for 40 percent of all cases in April.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at Warwick University told the i: „The virus hasn’t gone away and is certainly not a seasonal infection.

„A combination of new, more infectious virus variants and waning immunity is very likely contributing to these increased levels of infection. The hope is that this will not result in a big wave of infection, but we need to keep a close watch.”



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