Covid-19 cases around United Kindom are rising again, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In Scotland, there are now 300,000 cases in the territory due to a possible sub-variant of BA.2
Some scientists say that the causes of the variant are the neglect of the population and immunity to vaccines. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was not concerned because the number of hospitalized patients remains below its peak.
WHO says the BA.2 variant is more transmissible. So, the lifting of restrictions could be the reason for the increase in cases. Demonstrated when ONS conducted a survey, the results showed that 2.6 million of the population would have tested positive by the week of March 5. As opposed to the previous week’s estimate of 2.4 million people.
In Ireland, more than 16,000 new cases were reported this week. Although cases are on the rise, the number of people hospitalized in intensive care is lower, down from 43 to 37 in one week. Minister of Higher Education, Simon Harris, showed on his social media a positive Covid test, with a message confirming that he got the virus.
In England, people over the age of 70 are being infected more rapidly, with cases increasing by 2.9%, the most since January. For this reason, the government is offering those over 75 an extra booster vaccine from April. While in Scotland, they will already start the extra dose of vaccine after seeing the number of infections this week.
All authorities recommend getting vaccinated and following the safety measures, as well as for the elderly getting the extra booster.