World News | COVID-19 cases rise 23% in Britain, with London a hotspot
London [UK]June 25 (ANI/Xinhua): New cases of COVID-19 in Britain jumped 23% in just one week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday.
The ONS said that in the week ending June 18, around 1,740,000 new cases were detected nationwide, up from more than 1.4 million the previous week.
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The ONS study showed that one in 40 people in England had COVID-19, compared with one in 20 in Scotland, one in 30 in Northern Ireland and one in 45 in Wales.
Regionally, London had the highest infection rate in England at 2.9%, followed by North West England at 2.6%.
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“Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are fueling another wave of infections, our third already this year,” Stephen Griffin, associate professor at the University of Medicine School of Medicine, told Xinhua. Leeds.
“The rate of reinfection with these variants is also greatly increased and the prevalence increases at all ages. This highlights the ability of these viruses to evade antibody immunity and how quickly they cause waves across the world is worrying,” said the virologist. .
“We remain in a situation where even the NHS is being told by the government that the protections are not needed. Surely a self-defeating attitude for a service already struggling with understaffing and a lack of adequate resources,” Griffin said. .
In an update technical briefing on Friday, the UK Health Safety Agency said Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 now account for more than half of new COVID-19 cases in England, accounting for around 22% and 39% of cases, respectively. . (ANI/Xinhua)
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