London: In the UK, a tenfold increase has been registered in the cases of Omicron, a modified form of corona, and the infection in children is acting as a catalyst in this.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, 160,000 people were getting infected daily in the week ending 26 January and the figure was 145,000 in the week before that. According to this, Omicron cases are increasing in every region of the country.
These findings mirror other coronavirus studies and government data that show how it was controlled. Data from the King’s team working with health firm ZOE shows cases among children are on the rise and infection rates have topped since the pandemic began. Its cases are now coming to the fore in people of 35 to 55 years of age.
Separate data released by the UK’s Health Protection Agency reflect these findings, with positive cases rising in the age groups of youth and their parents, while remaining stable in other groups.
The study’s lead scientist, Professor Tim Spector, and an epidemiologist, said the increase in Omicron cases has been seen “earlier than anticipated”. But he insisted it was ‘not surprising’ because the start of the school term has been fueling the pandemic. The highly contagious virus has engulfed his parents, school staff and the rest of the wider community.
Professor Spector said Omicron’s high re-infection rate and its cases will remain high for a long time to come.
first published:Jan. 30, 2022, 7:53 p.m.