Leading scientist warns UK to prepare for new wave of COVID-19

After data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a rise in cases, a leading scientist has warned the UK to prepare for a new wave of COVID-19.

“We will have a new wave of infections this month,” Professor Christina Pagel, of University College London, told an Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies briefing.

“Now hopefully it won’t be as high as the previous two waves and could be lower. But we can’t count on that and anyway we’re going to see more infected people. ”

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“It’s no surprise that we have a new wave can see in the data. What happened is people don’t want to watch, and we turn a blind eye to it. This is now our third wave in six months. So we kind of had six months of Delta, now we’re every two months of Omicron. Omicron kids are better than Omicron in succession, that didn’t happen with Delta,” she added.

It comes after ONS swab data showed that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants are the driving force behind the spike in coronavirus cases in England.

An estimated 797,500 (1 in 70) people in England and 27,700 (1 in 65) in Northern Ireland tested positive for Covid in the week ending June 2, compared to 784,100 and 24,300 respectively the previous week, according to the survey conducted by the ONS.

“Across all four UK countries, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 compatible with Omicron variants BA.1, BA.4 and BA.5 increased during the week ending June 2, 2022” , said the ONS.

After an analysis that found both were likely to have a ‘growth advantage’ over BA.2, the UK Health Safety Agency had recently classified BA.4 and BA.5 as ‘variants of concern’.

(With agency contributions)

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