'Stay home if ill' urges UKHSA as UK faces new wave of Covid infections

Shoppers wearing masks in Hanley during the pandemic
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People "showing symptoms of Covid-19 or flu" are being urged to stay at home as the UK potentially faces a new wave of infections. It comes as the latest figures show an increase in hospital admissions due to coronavirus.

The rate has risen from 2.67 people per 100,000 to 3.31 per 100,000. Recent tests indicate that around one in every 25,000 people had Covid on June 26.

The UKHSA has said it is monitoring the emergence of new strains. The Government's latest advice is that anyone who tests positive for Covid should stay home for five days, and avoid contact with those more vulnerable to serious illness if they were to catch Covid, such as the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, reports the Mirror.

UKHSA epidemiologist Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal has urged: "If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or flu, help protect others by staying at home and avoiding contact with other people, especially those who are more vulnerable." Prof Paul Hunter, an epidemiology expert from the University of East Anglia, told the BBC: "We are all of us going to get repeated Covid infections from birth through to death.

"Generally what we've seen is that over the last three years, four years, the severity of illness associated with Covid has gone down a lot. Ultimately, it's going to become another cause of the common cold and, for many people, that's what it is now." He added: "To be honest, you can't really avoid it because it's so common." The rise in infections and hospitalisations has coincided with the emergence of new variants - known as KP2, KP3 and J1.

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