Omicron Booster Jabs on Horizon as Covid Cases and Hospitalizations Climb

The amount of people being hospitalized with covid is expected to rise over the summer, the UK Health Security Agency has said.

Covid infections have increased by around 500,000 in the past week, according to survey data by the Office for National Statisticswith cases being driven by the two faster-spreading sub-variants of the Omicron variant, BA.4 and BA.5.

Almost 9,000 hospital beds in England were occupied with Covid patients on June 30, a doubling of admissions within a month, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, an estimated one in 30 of us has the virus, leading to renewed calls for booster jabs from some health experts. Dr Quinton Fivelman, chief scientific officer at the London Medical Laboratory, is among them.

“With cases up across the UK, and hospitalizations climbing, we are facing a new wave, fueled by the spread of the latest Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants,” says Dr Fivelman. “Clearly, this is now more than a ‘Jubilee jump’ surge caused by the Bank Holiday gatherings; it’s a marked trend.”

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