Here’s what we know about booster shots as covid cases increase

The number of people hospitalized with Covid is expected to increase in the summer, the UK Health Security Agency has said.

Covid infections have increased by about 500,000 in the past week, according to research data from the Office for National Statistics, with the cases being caused by the two faster-spreading sub-variants of the Omicron variant, BA.4 and BA.5.

Nearly 9,000 hospital beds in England were occupied with Covid patients on June 30, doubling the number of admissions within a month, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, an estimated one in 30 of us has the virus, leading to renewed calls for booster shots from some health experts. dr. Quinton Fivelman, Chief Scientific Officer of the London Medical Laboratory, is one of them.

“As the number of cases in the UK rises and hospital admissions rise, we are facing a new wave fueled by the spread of the latest Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants,” says Dr Fivelman. “Clearly this is now more than a ‘jubilee jump’ wave caused by the Bank Holiday gatherings; it is a clear trend.”

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