(ANSA) – LONDON, 08 JUL – The rebound of infections estimated by Covid-19 does not stop even in the United Kingdom, according to the models updated every seven days by the Office for National Statistics (Ons), after months of constant decline also in the absence of any restrictions (mask obligation included). The trend, which has been underway again for a month, is related by experts to the appearance of the latest sub-variants of the Omicron strain, BA.4 and BA.5, already widespread among other things in the USA and now becoming prevalent on the island like anywhere else in Europe.
According to projections conducted on a sample by the ONS, infected people – between symptomatic and asymptomatic – rose to 2.7 million in the country, almost 400,000 more than in the previous week, albeit down as a percentage of weekly increase from 30 at 18%. In total, it is estimated that one in every 25 people in England is now infected (compared to one in every 30 in the previous seven days); one in every 20 in Wales (versus one in every 30); one in every 19 in Northern Ireland (versus one in every 25); and one in every 17 (against one in 18) in Scotland, the nation of the Kingdom that confirms the worst figures. However, the death curve (contained according to specialists thanks to the high percentage of cured and vaccinated) remains much less marked than in the previous waves of the pandemic; while hospitalizations for Covid are returning to rise with a sum of about 11,000 patients indicated at the moment in all hospitals in the country and over 200 in the various intensive care departments, albeit far from the record of 34,000 total in January 2021. extension of the fourth booster dose of the vaccine, previously offered on the island only to over 75s and immunosuppressed people of all ages. (HANDLE).
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