COVID cases are up by a third in a week, official figures show

A total of 2.3million people across the UK tested positive last week compared with 1.7million a week earlier

New strains of the Omicron variant are driving numbers back towards record highs and causing a rise in hospital admissions

ONS figures put infections last week at 1.8million in England, 288,000 in Scotland, 106,000 in Wales

Patients in hospital with the virus in England rose to 8,928 from 6,401 a week ago

“We’ll continue to monitor the data closely to see if this growth continues in the coming weeks.”

Across the UK we’ve seen a continued increase of over half a million infections likely caused by the growth of BA.4 and BA.5 variant

Another report made Covid the top cause of death for the second year in 2021