Data shows coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are up again in England after declining since early July, with experts warning people to stay home if sick and get a booster dose of Covid if they qualify.
According to the latest figures on Corona virus government dashboardThe number of cases detected through mass community testing, and patients hospitalized with Covid, has risen in the past seven days, suggesting the country may face a resurgence of the virus.
On Monday, 781 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Englandup from 519 in the previous week, with the seven-day total up 17%, from 3,434 in the week ending September 12 to 4,015 in the week ending September 19.
As noted before health service magazineAcceptance in the South West is up 39% to 509 in the past seven days and by 30% in the North East and Yorkshire.
While data on Covid infection levels across the UK is expected from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) tomorrow, Zoe Health Study data suggest cases are on the risewith hints also appearing in the latest figures for the number of cases picked up in mass community testing in England.
Dr Susan Hopkins, Senior Medical Adviser UK health The security agency said there are measures people can take.
“While Covid-19 rates remain low, the latest data for the past seven days indicates a rise in hospitalizations and an increase in positive tests reported from the community,” she said.
“For those who qualify, now is the time for the fall batch. Getting a booster will give your immune system time to build up protection against getting severely ill from Covid-19 as we transition into winter.
“All available boosters provide good protection against severe illness from Covid-19 and getting the booster sooner rather than later is critical.
“As the weather gets colder and winter approaches, we will start noticing a resurgence of respiratory infections – please try to stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with vulnerable people.”