How nearly 93,000 new Covid infections are discovered every day, doubly every monthn
It is estimated that Covid cases have almost doubled in a month to almost 93,000 new infections per day.
With schools returning today, cases are expected to continue rising into the fall.
Data from the ZOE Health Survey shows that there were 92,965 new daily cases of symptomatic infection on September 1 – up from about 50,000 at the beginning of August.
The research, which is based on data from millions of users of the ZOE app, estimates that there are currently around 1.15 million people in Britain infected with the virus – about one in 58.
The rise in cases is accompanied by the emergence of a new Covid BA.2.86 variant known as Pirola. As an Omicron spin-off, only four cases have officially been detected in Britain, although far fewer tests are now being carried out.
The rise in cases is accompanied by the emergence of a new Covid BA.2.86 variant known as Pirola
Data from the Office of National Statistics released today shows 74 Covid deaths were recorded in the two countries in the week ending August 11
Although it is not yet considered a ‘variety of concern’, health chiefs have warned it could be ‘a very challenging winter’ if it is found to increase the risk of infection.
Last week, officials put forward the annual flu and Covid vaccination program to ensure vulnerable people are protected this winter.
Those who qualify can book a jab for a week starting today instead of early October as originally planned.
Residents of care homes for adults and the clinically vulnerable will be first in line, followed by groups including the over-65s and healthcare workers.