COVID-19 infections increase in the East Mids proving that the virus hasn't gone away

Published on: Friday, 24th June 2022
Public Health England

It’s been a number of months since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and society is enjoying some normality after a challenging two years which impacted all corners of life, but as we look forward to life without restrictions and head into the social summer holiday period, there has been a warning to keep in mind that the virus has not gone away.

Figures show that, in recent weeks, there has been a rise in the number of cases in the East Midlands with a shift in the dominant strain from the Omicron BA.2 variant. The latest data indicates that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 now account for more than half of rising COVID-19 cases in the UK and are driving the recent increase in infections.

Fortunately, so far, the rise in cases has not led to an increase in hospital admissions or deaths and this is being put down to the efficacy of the vaccine and the incredible efforts of people across the country in getting vaccinated.

A statement from Public Health England said: "We’ve learned so much in the last two years but as we move to living with COVID on a long-term basis, every one of us needs to remain vigilant, take precautions, and ensure that we’re up to date with our COVID-19 vaccinations. We need to continue to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and vaccination is the best form of defence we have. It’s never too late to get vaccinated."

The call is for everyone to continue playing their part, staying at home with any respiratory symptoms or a fever and to limit contact with others until feeling better, particularly if likely to be at greater risk if they contract COVID-19.

Natalie Bowman, spokesperson for Public Health England said: "Face coverings and hand washing still remain important in reducing transmission, consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces and washing your hands thoroughly and often, especially before and after getting on public transport or getting in from work, shops or the pub.

Meeting others outside is much safer than indoors as the fresh air helps to blow the COVID-19 particles away. So, make the most of the warm weather over the summer and meet family and friends outside. Or if you meet indoors, let the fresh air in by opening doors and windows.

Let’s enjoy the summer and our regained freedoms but keep in mind that COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and we all need to do our bit to live safely."

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