The BA.5 variant now accounts for around 80 per cent of cases in England. Recent sequencing data shows that the new Omicron subtype is behind 100 percent of cases in dozens of UK local areas. Recent growth Covid: Cases in Britain have prompted some to call for a return to masks and free Covid tests and other restrictions.
In the week to July 16, 82.2 percent of swabs tested positive for the virus were Omicron’s BA.5 variant.
BA.5 is considered to be even more infectious than the already highly infectious original Omicron version.
However, the BA.5 is considered as mild as the original Omicron.
Although some scientists are now calling for a return to pandemic-era restrictions.
In the face of a surge in new infections, Dr Keith Yates, a mathematical biologist at the University of Bath and a member of the Independent Sage, called for the reintroduction of earlier pandemic restrictions.
He wrote on Saturday that the impact of future peaks could be tackled by reinstating masks and making lateral flow test kits free for Britons again.
He wrote on Twitter: “Everyone is protecting everyone by wearing a mask in shared indoor spaces such as public transport and shops.
“But without government mandates or strong public health messages, we’ve seen that most people aren’t inclined to do it voluntarily.”
Last week, editors of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Health Service Journal (HSJ) accused Boris Johnson’s government of “gassing the public” about the threat of Covid.
Dr Kamran Abbasi (BMJ) and Alastair McLellan (HSJ) argued that restrictions must be immediately reinstated to save the NHS.
In a joint editorial, the couple wrote: “The crux of the problem is the lack of understanding that the epidemic is far from over and that some of the measures taken in the last two years need to be returned to.”
And, Andrew Roberston, Western Australia’s chief health officer, said News.com.au about the speed that the variant can infect people.
He said. “What we’re seeing is an increasing number of people who are infected with BA.2 and then become infected four weeks later.
“So maybe six to eight weeks they develop a second infection, and it’s almost certainly BA.4 or BA.5.”
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