New COVID-19 Surge Has Started In UK Driven By BA.4 – BA.4.6 – BF.7 – New BA.5 Subvariants


While the British health and government authorities are downplaying the extent of the health crisis in the United Kingdom, the Zoe app monitoring platform has shown that there were 114,914 new symptomatic infections in the last 24 hours.

Ireland has been reports of 3,200 deaths in the last 10 weeks, which is 16% more than the five-year average, according to NI Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) data, representing about 300 excess deaths and a trend that will get worse during the coming winter.

It is believed that the new SARS-CoV-2 variants ie BA.4, BA.4.6, BF.7 and certain new BA.5 subvariants are behind the surge.

Omicron subvariants push out BA.2

BA.5 now accounts for 88.9% of sequenced samples, up slightly from 88% the previous week. Also, BA.4.6, which first gained traction in the central Midwest, gained more ground and now accounts for 6.3% of sequenced samples, up from 5.3% the week before.

The central midwestern states, which include Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, were the first to see growing proportions of BA.4.6 and are still seeing the highest percentage, with the subvariant making up nearly 16% of samples. However, the proportions of the subvariant are higher than the national average in eastern and southeastern states.

As school resumes in some parts of the country, the trend with pediatric COVID-19 infections continues to fluctuate, as has the pattern for the general US population over the summer. In its latest weekly update, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said nearly 80,000 infections in kids were reported over the past week, down for the second week in a row.

The nation’s 7-day average for new daily cases continues to fall slowly and is at 92,602, the lowest since mid-May, according to the New York Times tracker. The 7-day average for new daily deaths is 459.


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