Health experts have warned that there could be a new Covid wave in England as hospital admissions are starting to increase.
New data from the NHS has shown that Covid admissions in England are now on the rise and John Roberts who is one of the leading actuaries in the Covid Actuaries group have set a response to the pandemic.
Weekly admissions increased by 4% in England and in the North East and Yorkshire cases were up by 33% as of 5 June.
Roberts was asked by The Independent is the UK entering into another Covid wave, he said, Yes we could be but…how big that wave and how serious it will be in terms of admissions and deaths is very, very difficult to judge at this stage.”
European public health experts have warned the new wave will be driven by the growth of BA.5 and BA.4 variants.
Roberts told The Independent that it was “significant” that the fall in admissions had stopped which was consistent with data.
He added, “its significance really will depend on on how big the wave is.”
Roberts then warned, “the spring booster campaign, is only for people over 75, unless they have very specific health conditions.
“With people now been maybe six months since they had their first booster, there is a large population under 75, who don’t have the benefit of a second booster.
“If we are going to go into another wave, maybe that’s something that ought to be reconsidered.”
NHS England sent a letter on 1 June that all hospitals should now return back to pre-pandemic screening as hospitals now no longer test non-symptomatic patients on admissions as they have relaxed the rules over infection control requirements.
The European public health authority said in their paper, there was no indication the Covid variants are more severe.
But they warned that they could cause a “significant increase” in Covid-19 cases in Europe “in the coming weeks and months.”
The paper added, “Based on the limited data currently available, no significant increase in infection severity compared to the circulating lineages BA.1 and BA.2 is expected.
“However, as in previous waves, if Covid case numbers increase substantially, some level of increased hospital and ICU admissions is likely to follow.”