Covid warning with cases rising once again – UKHSA scientists send urgent plea to public

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Brits who are infected with Covid are being asked to stay at home or use a face mask if they have to go out in public, after scientists confirmed a rise in cases

Scientists are asking people who think they may have Covid to stay at home after a rise in cases.

In its latest update, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed the percentage of people who tested positive among those with Covid symptoms increased to 4.2%, compared with 3.9% in the previous week. Officials are reminding the public that despite the pandemic being long over, the virus is still causing hospitalisations and severe illness – especially among people in at-risk groups.

Those who come down with symptoms of the virus are asked to stay home until they feel better, and to use a face mask if it’s necessary for them to go out.

Symptoms can include high temperature or shivering, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste and shortness of breath. People with Covid may also experience a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Public Health Programmes at UKHSA, said: “This week flu has decreased, and COVID-19 remains low but is still circulating. COVID-19 is still causing hospitalisations and severe illness particularly among those most at risk. I urge all those aged 75 and over and those who have a weakened immune system, to book a vaccination as soon as possible – ensuring they top up their immunity to give them the best possible protection.

“Staying at home when you have symptoms of flu or COVID-19 helps protect others, especially those who are vulnerable. If you need to go out when you are unwell, consider wearing a mask around other people.”

The spring 2024 COVID-19 vaccination programme is now live. Those eligible for a jab can visit the NHS vaccine booking webpage or can use the NHS app to book their appointment, those without access to the internet can call 119 to book an appointment.

NHS will be sending texts, emails, NHS App messages to remind those eligible to book their appointments but do not have to wait to be contacted. Vaccinations will end on 30 June 2024. Eligible cohorts include adults aged 75 years and over by 30 June 2024, residents in care homes for older adults, and individuals aged 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed.

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