Britain is involved in the fifth wave Corona virus infection covid-19 infections, experts warned, adding that summer festivals that draw large crowds could turn into events that spread very quickly if precautions are not taken.

There is a 43 percent jump in the country coronavirus the incidents in early June appear to be caused by people coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over a four-day weekend.

The latest figures show that 2.7 million people across the UK have tested positive, meaning one in 25 are now infected with the virus, up from one in 30 a week earlier, with the spike due to Sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 with Omicronstrain that spread rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually disappearing.

More worryingly, hospitalizations have also increased, particularly among the over-75s, and are rising more than during Omicron’s last revival in March.

Health chiefs have warned that the new outbreak will have a significant impact on NHS “already on its knees” and expressed concern about the return of major live events such as Glastonbury, Notting Hill Carnival and the Edinburgh Festival.

“We’re in a wave at the moment,” said Professor Tim Spector of the ZOE Covid programme. “[We’re] approaching a quarter of a million cases a day, it’s already a wave.”

“We’ve toned it down, most people don’t think there’s a Covid problem now, most people don’t wear masks and don’t even worry about cold-like symptoms.”

All of this means that new measures may eventually be needed to contain transmission, perhaps the return of face masks and social distancing in public, or even the deployment of a second vaccine booster shots.

Since the winter, only those over 75 have been offered a second booster shot (for a total of four), which means that immunity in the majority of the population may begin to wane six months after the last shot.

“If we’re going to go into another wave, maybe that’s something worth revisiting,” suggested John Roberts of the Covid Actuaries group The Independent in the middle of June

In December 2021, NHS rules on boosters were relaxed, so everyone over 18 was offered a third injection. The decision to drop Omicron was supported by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which also recommended reducing the period between the second and third injection from six months to three in an attempt to overcome this option.

This means that if you haven’t had your third shot and you’re over 18 – or over 16 and have a health problem – and it’s been at least three months (91 days) since you had your second dose, you you can still get an accelerator.

If you are eligible, you no longer have to wait for the NHS to contact you make an appointment online (as it was originally).

You can also visit your local vaccination center to get the shot, as recommended by patients use the online NHS finder to find the nearest center by postcode.

If you have tested positive for Covid, you are advised to wait four weeks (28 days) before booking your revaccination from the date of your test.

If you think you have symptoms related to the coronavirus, then current NHS advice – take a lateral flow test and isolate at home for five days if the result is positive to avoid transmission to others (you need to stay away from those who may be particularly vulnerable due to their age or existing illness for 10 days).

If you do have to go out in public, it’s recommended to wear a face mask, avoid crowded places, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or think they are getting worse, you are encouraged to visit 111.nhs.ukcall 111 or call your GP.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/covid-4th-dose-vaccine-uk-nhs-b2120210.html

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