Covid infections within the UK are persevering with to rise, reaching 3.5 million final week, the newest determine present.
This marks a leap of practically 800,000 (or 29 per cent) on the earlier week, ending 30 June, when 2.7 million individuals have been estimated to have been contaminated with Covid-19, in line with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
3.5 million is the best estimate for complete infections since mid-April, however remains to be beneath the document excessive of 4.9 million that was reached on the finish of March.
The latest surge in Covid infections has been pushed by the extremely infectious Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5, that are outcompeting different strains within the UK.
Covid-19 stays most prevalent in Scotland, the place 334,000 individuals have been estimated to have had the virus within the week to July 7, or round one in 16. That is up from 312,800, or one in 17, and is the best estimate for Scotland for the reason that begin of April.
In England, 2.9 million individuals have been more likely to have had the virus final week, the equal of round one in 19. That is up from 2.2 million, or one in 25, the earlier week.
Wales has seen infections leap to 183,500, or one in 17 individuals, up from 149,700, or one in 20. In Northern Eire, infections have elevated to an estimated 107,600 individuals, or one in 17, up from 98,400, or one in 19.
Individually, new knowledge from GoodShape, an absence administration firm, exhibits that Covid-related absences value UK employers £291.3 million within the final week alone, a rise of 29 per cent on the earlier week.
In complete, 2.12 million working days have been misplaced to causes regarding Covid between 4 July and 10 July.