Covid infections ‘set to rise again in coming weeks’ ahead of winter flu season

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The UK’s Health Protection Agency has warned that COVID infections could increase as respiratory infections increase in the coming weeks.

According to the latest data, there has been a decrease in the cases of Kovid-19 in the first week of September.

However, this comes as other acute respiratory infections are up slightly from 111 to 116 over the same period, with the highest numbers reported in care homes.

According to the public health authority, hospital admissions with Covid have decreased week by week. The admissions for Covid-19 was highest in the North East with a rate of 6.71 per 100,000.

The news comes after hospitals were asked to stop routine COVID testing for patients in late August.

ONS data this week showed that deaths from Kovid-19 also declined for the fourth consecutive week, while more deaths continued.

An analysis of the ZOE COVID study showed that the number of participants with COVID cases increased from 104,000 on 30 August to 116,586 on 6 September.

NHS England officially launched its winter COVID jobs program on 5 September with everyone over the age of 75.

Dr Jamie López Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist for Immunization and Countermeasures at UKHSA, said: “The latest COVID indicators provide more positive news, as the COVID-19 case rate and hospitalization rate continue to decline.

“However, with the increase in the prevalence of the respiratory virus in the winter months, we can expect to see increasing cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. We urge all who are contacted to come forward and accept their boosters when called upon. The NHS booking system is now open to immunosuppressed people and those over the age of 75.

“We encourage everyone to do what they can to help reduce the spread of the virus – by meeting in well-ventilated places, washing hands regularly and, where possible, staying away from others if you have symptoms of respiratory illness. “

The news comes as data from NHS England today revealed that there were more COVID-positive patients in hospitals in England during this past summer than in the previous two.

According to NHS England, there were 8,479 patients in hospital with Covid-19 every day this summer. This has been compared to 3,313 in the summer of 2021 and 2,032 in 2020.

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