75% of people with new cold symptoms could be suffering from coronavirus
According to new data from ZOE Covid, 75% of people experiencing new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic Covid-19.
A total of nearly 200,000 daily symptomatic cases of Covid in the UK on average from positive PCR and LFT tests have seen a worrying rise in case numbers.
An average 1-in-32 people in the UK currently have symptomatic coronavirus, with 1 in 30 people in England testing positive for the virus.
Cases are rising in all regions of the United Kingdom, with the North West of England reporting an R value of 1.3, but cases continue to be higher in London than any other region.
New data shows an increase of 33% positive tests from last week's 144,284 reported coronavirus cases.
The stats from the ZOE COVID study also show that the rise in cases appears to be slowing in the 0-55 age group.
Cases are still rising sharply in the 55-75 age group, and regions of the United Kingdom are seeing an increase of cases per population.
1 in 51 people have tested positive in Scotland, while in London, a massive 1 in 16 have symptomatic COVID.
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Dr Claire Steves, a scientist on the ZOE COVID study app said:
"The number of daily new symptomatic COVID cases are more than double what they were this time last year and we are just a day or two away from hitting over 200,000.
The exceptional rise in cases appears to have stopped, and the rise is more steady.
"Hospitalisation rates are thankfully much lower than this time last year, but they are still high, especially in London."
For those with two vaccinations, a reported 78,748 daily symptomatic cases are detected in the UK, an increase of 40% from last weeks 56,346 cases.
Steves added: "The ZOE data is showing that cases are still on the rise in 55-75 year olds so unfortunately it's likely that this will translate into more hospital admissions in the New Year.
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"It's good news to see that fewer people are newly sick than a few weeks ago. However, the fact that 75% of new cold-like symptoms are COVID, and the classic symptoms are much less common, means the Government advice needs to be urgently updated.
"We want to see symptoms like sore throat, headache, and runny nose added to the list as soon as possible."
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