COVID-19 Data Indicates A Rise In The Cases In The UK

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UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – According to experts, the official figures for Covid-19 cases in the UK have been gradually increasing in recent weeks. This rise can be attributed to factors such as waning immunity and unfavorable weather conditions that have compelled people to stay indoors.

As of 20 July, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported a slight uptick in the number of cases and hospital admissions, including those requiring intensive care. 

Hospital Records Indicate A Surge In COVID 19 Cases 

Their records indicate that out of 4,403 respiratory specimens, 3.7 percent were identified as Covid-19. This is a slight increase compared to the previous two weeks, where 3.6 percent out of 4,535 cases were Covid-19 positive.

The Zoe Health Study, which gathers data from individuals self-reporting Covid-19 symptoms, estimates that as of 29 July, approximately 789,695 people across the UK are experiencing symptomatic Covid-19. The highest concentration of cases is observed in the southwest of England, with a daily average of new cases ranging from 931 to 1,628 per million people.

Wales closely follows with an average of 591 to 1,755 new reports per day per million people. These statistics reveal a 30% increase in daily cases since the beginning of July, although they remain significantly lower than the peak rates observed during the height of the pandemic. According to Zoe’s data, the spring surge of the Omicron variant last year witnessed over 3.8 million new cases reported daily.

COVID-19 Test Kit Sales Have Increased 

In light of the rising numbers, Boots, a prominent high-street pharmacist in the UK, has confirmed a notable 33% surge in test sales between July 16 and 22, in comparison to the preceding three weeks. This surge in sales can be attributed to an increasing number of individuals reporting symptoms such as coughs and sore throats.

In a recent interview, Professor Lawrence Young, a renowned virologist from the University of Warwick, shed light on the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. According to him, this surge could be attributed to the wetter weather, which has forced more individuals indoors, as well as a decline in immunity.

This alarming situation serves as a stark reminder that the virus is still very much present and should not be taken lightly. Professor Young emphasized the importance of not becoming complacent in our fight against the virus.

“It has been quite some time since many individuals received their booster jabs,” he stated. “Furthermore, the unfavorable weather conditions experienced in July may have inadvertently led to overcrowding in poorly ventilated spaces.”

Routine COVID-19 Testing Not Offered In UK Anymore 

Professor Young also expressed concern that the reported increase in cases might just be the tip of the iceberg, as routine testing is no longer readily available. This suggests that the actual number of infections could be significantly higher than what is being reported.

As we navigate through these challenging times, it is crucial that we remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others. The virus may be lurking, but by staying informed and proactive, we can continue to combat its spread effectively.”

In the previous autumn, individuals who were over 50 years old were strongly advised to get a booster shot. However, the uptake for this recommendation was disappointingly low. Only 40 percent of people in their early 50s and 52 percent of those in their later 50s in England chose to receive the booster. 

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People Above The Age of 85 Have the Highest Rate Of Hospital Admission

According to data from the UKHSA, individuals aged 85 and above continue to have the highest rates of hospital admissions. These rates have recently increased from 8.61 per 100,000 to 9.8 per 100,000, as reported in the previous study. Additionally, admission rates among individuals aged 75-84 have also risen from 4.74 per 100,000 to 5.54 per 100,000.

This winter, the NHS is set to establish acute respiratory hubs nationwide, providing patients with immediate in-person assessments for urgent conditions such as Covid-19 and the flu.

Dr. Chris Smith, a consultant virologist, and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, expressed optimism regarding the rise in Covid-19 cases, as they still remain considerably lower than in previous years.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.