Covid UK news today: ‘New wave begins now’ Sage expert warns as UK infections rise

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The UK’s leading scientists have warned that the country will see another wave of infections this month.

During a review by the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, Professor Christina Pagel said, “The new wave is starting now.”

She added: “We will have another wave of infections this month. Now hopefully not as high as the previous two waves and maybe lower. But we can’t count on that and in any case we will see more people get infected.”

It comes as Covid-19 infections in the UK have risen for the first time in two months, new data has revealed.

The jump is likely caused by an increase in cases compatible with the original Omicron variant BA.1 and the newer variants BA.4 and BA.5, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In total, an estimated 989,800 people in private households contracted the virus last week, up from 953,900 the week before.

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Covid: British scientists warn the country is in a new wave

The UK’s leading scientists have warned that the country will see another wave of infections this month.

During a discussion by the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, Professor Christina Pagel said: “We will have another wave of infections this month. Now hopefully not as high as the previous two waves and maybe lower. But we can’t count on that and in any case we will see more people get infected.”

Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas has more:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 2:43 PM

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Grieving over the disappearing face mask

A strong theme of Independent SAGE’s live broadcast today was the lack of masks indoors, particularly in hospitals and on public transport.

A cancer patient asked the panel how she can protect herself, since she is immune, when other patients are not wearing masks.

The panel expressed disappointment at the lack of urgency for wearing face masks in hospitals.

Professor Susan Michie, a clinical psychologist, suggested that hospital trust funds introduce a ‘Clean your air’ campaign, following on from a 2009 ‘Clean your hands’ campaign that aimed to improve hand hygiene in healthcare facilities.

dr. Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at Leeds University’s School of Medicine, advised immunocompromised patients to wear a close-fitting FFP2 mask that fits better and offers more protection.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 2:29 PM

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Nine Omicron Symptoms Affecting the Fully Vaccinated — And Signs You Have It

China has imposed strict new lockdown measures in Shanghai as the country ramps up efforts to fend off another round of coronavirus infections after they bounced back to a two-year high in May.

The Asian superpower has taken some of the most drastic measures since the start of the pandemic in recent weeks, even if the caseload is low compared to other major countries as it has committed itself to an uncompromising ‘zero-covid’ strategy.

The latest increase in cases is thought to be due to Omicron, reportedly the dominant variant.

Here we take a look at some of the most common symptoms associated with the variant for fully vaccinated individuals — and two early warning signs that you may have them.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 14:15

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Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 will be dominant in the UK

During the Independent Sage broadcast, Professor Christina Pagel warned that Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 will become the dominant species in the UK.

Here’s what the professor said about these new variants:

  • There is a similar antibody response in boosted people as BA.1 and BA.2, but most people have had their booster several months ago.
  • Infection with Delta gave the least protection against any Omicron variant.
  • Infection with BA.2 gave good protection against BA.4 and BA.5.
  • Booster with BA.1 or BA.2 gave the highest protection against BA.4 and BA.5.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 14:02

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Shanghai and Beijing hit with new lockdowns and massive testing, as Xi Jinping says ‘perseverance is victory’

China’s commercial hub of Shanghai and the national capital Beijing were hit by new lockdowns and new rounds of mass test drives on Friday, just days after grueling restrictions were lifted.

In a desperate attempt to contain a wider outbreak after discovering some cases of community and cluster transmission, Shanghai authorities have locked down hundreds of thousands of people in five districts, he writes. Shweta Sharma

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 13:50

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‘The new wave is starting now’, says expert

Professor Christina Pagel covering the Independent Sage live Covid-19 broadcast has said “the new wave is starting now”.

The professor added that while people seem to think the pandemic is over, the virus hasn’t gone anywhere.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 13:36

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Northern Ireland records six more deaths in weekly update

Six deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the latest weekly update.

The deaths, in the week ending June 3, bring the total number of deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) from the coronavirus to 4,637.

The figure comes from a variety of data sources and is always higher than the Ministry of Health’s total as it provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19.

The department’s statistics focus mainly on deaths in hospitals and only include people who have tested positive for the virus.

The Nisra figure includes 3,225 deaths in hospital, 983 in care homes and 429 in residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

Nisra reported that as of June 3, the deaths of 1,287 nursing home residents were related to Covid-19, 27.8 percent of all coronavirus-related deaths.

Covid-19 was also listed on the death certificates of five of the 220 recorded deaths in the week to June 3.

Some of the deaths recorded in the week ending June 3 may have occurred before that week as it can take days to register.

People over 75 are responsible for 73.9 percent of Covid-related deaths recorded between March 19, 2020 and June 3, 2022.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 13:27

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Covid infections rise for the first time in two months

Covid infections have started to rise in the UK after two months of decline, new data shows.

The Office for National Statistics has said there are “early signs” of a possible increase in the percentage of people testing positive for Covid in England and Northern Ireland.

Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas has more:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 13:13

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UK Covid infections rise for first time in two months

Covid-19 infections in the UK have risen for the first time in two months, with the jump likely driven by rises in cases compatible with the original Omicron variant BA.1 and the newer variants BA.4 and BA.5 , according to the Bureau of National Statistics (ONS).

In total, an estimated 989,800 people in private households contracted the virus last week, up from 953,900 the week before.

All four countries have seen a rise in infections, although the ONS describes the trend in Scotland and Wales as “uncertain”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 12:53 PM

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That was it for today’s coverage of Covid news. Thanks for following.

Lamiat SabinJune 9, 2022 16:08

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