Covid an infection ranges within the UK stay at near-record ranges, with 1 in 13 folks contaminated final week, new figures present.
The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) estimated that 4.88 million folks caught Covid-19 between 28 March and a couple of April, barely down from a file 4.91 within the earlier week.
In England, round one in 13 folks have been prone to take a look at optimistic for Covid-19 within the week to 2 April, or 4.1 million folks, the ONS mentioned. That is unchanged from the week to 26 March.
Throughout the border, in Wales, the estimate is up from 1 in 14 folks to 1 in 13. In Northern Eire, the development within the proportion of individuals testing optimistic for Covid-19 was “unsure”, the ONS mentioned. Round 1 in 16 had the virus final week, down from 1 in 15.
Solely Scotland has skilled a notable drop in numbers, falling from 451,200 to 396,800, round 1 in 13.
“Whereas infections stay excessive, there are early indicators in our newest information that they might not be rising in some elements of the UK,” mentioned Sarah Crofts, of the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
“Throughout English areas, there’s a combined image in developments and we’ve seen a welcome lower in Scotland.
“Nevertheless, charges in Wales proceed to rise and the development in Northern Eire is unsure.
“It’s too early to say if infections have peaked in England and Scotland. We are going to proceed to observe the info carefully.”
The ONS mentioned the share of individuals testing optimistic in England has elevated amongst these from college yr 12 to age 34, and for folks aged 70 and over.
An infection ranges have fallen for kids from age two to high school yr six and adults aged between 35 to 49.
Professor Paul Elliott, of Imperial Faculty London, warned that older age teams may be extra weak amid the present excessive Covid ranges due to waning immunity.
“Many older folks had their booster method again in October or November final yr so it’s probably there can be some waning of the vaccine in opposition to an infection, if not hospitalisation,” he advised the BBC.
He mentioned that youthful folks obtained their third dose extra just lately than older folks, and that because the virus strikes up the age teams, there’s trigger for concern.
Prof Elliott mentioned: “These developments are regarding since when a really excessive variety of persons are contaminated, this will result in extra folks turning into severely in poor health and needing to go to hospital.”
As of Wednesday, there have been 20,409 folks in hospital with and due to Covid – the best determine since February 2021. Each main and incidental admissions have risen in current weeks, with hospital leaders warning of accelerating pressures throughout the NHS.