Should the Upsurge in England sends signal to the rest of the world?
The number of people admitted to hospitals in England who were infected with the virus soared above 600 on Monday — a 27 per cent week-on-week rise and the biggest jump in two months.
Meanwhile, the gold-standard Covid tracking also shows cases are on the rise across the country after tumbling for weeks.
Covid hospitalisations have surged by a quarter in week, official data shows amid worries of a ‘tripledemic’ hitting the crumbling NHS this winter.
NHS bosses have warned that the service faces its ‘most challenging winter yet’, due to an influx in Covid and flu patients, along with the crisis in emergency care. Strikes by tens of thousands of medics and staff shortages are expect to further exacerbate pressures.
NHS England hospitalisation data shows 639 people infected with Covid were admitted into NHS care on November 28, up from 503 one week earlier.It marks the biggest weekly jump in two months.
Admissions spiked 36 per cent week-on-week on October 4 and began trending downwards shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, 4,964 people testing positive were in hospital beds of November 30, up eight per cent on the previous week.
Dr. Mary Ramsay, director of public health programmes at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: ‘
“As we head into the coldest part of the year, we would expect to see the prevalence of Covid and other winter viruses begin to increase as people mix more indoors. This is what the data is beginning to show.
“Covid hospitalisations are highest in the oldest age groups, so it is particularly important that everyone who is eligible comes forward to receive their booster jab.
“While Covid and flu can be mild infections for many, we must not forget that they can cause severe illness or even death for those most vulnerable in our communities.
”If you are unwell this winter, please try to stay at home and avoid contact with vulnerable people – this will help stop infections spreading,” she concluded.