Covid cases up for the fourth week in a row as Brits urged to give themselves the gift of jabs this Christmas

COVID cases have reached nearly 1.4 million, new data has revealed.

It comes as flu cases have also increased across the country this week.

Coronavirus cases have risen again this week and Brits should get their booster doses


Coronavirus cases have risen again this week and Brits should get their booster dosesPhoto credit: Getty

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says there have been 1.38 million cases of Covid in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland by the week ended December 9.

It is the fourth straight week that infections have risen, with over half of English regions seeing increases.

In England, around one in 45 people has the virus, while in Scotland it is one in 40.

One in 55 people in Wales is infected, and one in 50 also has the virus in Northern Ireland.

Sarah Crofts, Deputy Director for Analysis of the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: “Today’s data shows that COVID-19 infections have risen in England for the fourth consecutive week, with cases also continuing to rise in Scotland.

“Over half of English regions have seen an increase, while it’s a mixed picture for different age groups. Infections have increased in most adults under the age of 70, while secondary school-age children have seen a decrease in infections.

“We will continue to monitor the data closely over the coming weeks.”

Amid the spread of Covid and the flu, Britons have been urged to give themselves immunizations this Christmas.

The Chief Executive of the UK Health Safety Authority, Dr. Jenny Harries said both the flu vaccine and the Covid booster are the best way to avoid getting seriously ill this winter.


dr Harries added that the vaccination will also help protect the NHS, which is currently under “severe pressure” from Covid, flu and Strep A.

“We are seeing a high rate of over 75s and children under 5 being hospitalized for the flu so nobody should hesitate to come forward. For most children, the flu vaccine is a quick and easy nasal spray that is available through your GP’s office.

“I want to encourage everyone to help keep the services running and themselves healthy as we enter 2023 by putting the flu vaccine and Covid refresher on their Christmas to-do lists,” added dr Harry added.

Appointments for the Covid booster can now be booked via the NHS app or via the NHS booking system.

People can also just show up at one of the many walk-in centers across the country.

The government said it was a great way for family, friends and neighbors to take advantage of a celebratory walk and stab eligible people.

Those who are eligible for the flu shot have already been contacted by their GP.

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that influenza rates remain highest in children aged five to 14.

Parents have also been asked to protect their children from the virus.

It’s particularly important as the NHS says viral infections like the flu put you at higher risk of contracting Strep A bacteria.

Another five child deaths from Strep A were recorded yesterday, bringing the total to 24, with a total of 94 deaths across all age groups since September.

Guidelines state that Strep A infections are spread through close contact with an infected person.

The UKHSA weekly report puts the flu positivity rate in children aged five to 14 at 40.1 per cent.

Hospital admission rates and ICU admission rates have continued to rise over the past week.

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Figures show that the main increase in admissions has been in adults over 85 years of age.

Most outbreaks continue to be in care homes, with 54 influenza outbreaks confirmed in England in the week to December 18. Covid cases up for the fourth week in a row as Brits urged to give themselves the gift of jabs this Christmas

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