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Health officials have expressed their concern over a potential surge of Covid in the UK.

According to the BBC, a new variant dubbed KP.3 is on the rise, with the strain already causing an increase in infections across the USA, reports Gloucestershire Live. KP.3 is part of a newly identified group of COVID-19 variants, informally termed FLiRT, which stands for F lineage recombinant type.

Hospital admissions have climbed to 3.31 per 100,000 people as of the week ending 16 June, up from 2.67 per 100,000 the week before, reports the Mirror. Meanwhile, hospital admissions have seen a 24% rise in the week concluding on Sunday, according to the most recent figures.

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A CDC spokesperson has confirmed that the symptoms linked to the new variant, include:

  • Fever and chills

  • High temperature or shivering

  • New, continuous cough

  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • Shortness of breath

  • Feeling tired or exhausted

  • Aching body

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Blocked or runny nose

  • Loss of appetite

  • Diarrhoea

  • Feeling sick or being sick

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