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UK Covid-19 cases surge following Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, new variants become dominant

 Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom are once again on the rise, according to fresh data, which suggests that an increase in infections followed the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

This number has increased by 75% from two weeks ago, when Brits held street celebrations and other social gatherings to commemorate the Queen’s 70th year as monarch.

A total of 1,739,700 people tested positive for the virus in the week to June 18, estimates from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics showed Friday.

 

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The surge coincides with the announcement on Friday by the U.K.’s Health Security Agency that the most recent technical evidence indicates that two new Omicron strains, BA.4 and BA.5, have taken over in the U.K. and are responsible for the recent rise in infections.

The two variants now make up more than half of new Covid cases in England, accounting for approximately 22% and 39% of cases, respectively.

The UKHSA’s chief medical advisor, professor Susan Hopkins, disclosed that “It is clear that the increasing prevalence of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are significantly increasing the case numbers we have observed in recent weeks,”

UKHSA’s latest analysis suggests BA.5 is growing 35.1% faster than the previously dominant BA.2, while BA.4 is growing around 19.1% faster. That suggests that BA.5 is likely to soon become the dominant Covid variant in the U.K.

However, medical professionals urged the public to keep up with Covid-safe behavior and to make sure their vaccines are up to date. Which includes If you experience any respiratory symptoms or a fever, you should stay at home and restrict your interactions with others until you feel better.

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“As prevalence increases, it’s more important than ever that we all remain alert, take precautions, and ensure that we’re up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which remain our best form of defense against the virus,” Hopkins said.

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