Covid cases - and hospitalisations - are on the rise earlier than expected this year, according to one of Greater Manchester's leading GPs.
The virus is now presenting with 'almost any kind of symptoms' as the numbers of people testing positive in hospital grow. However, testing at home is limited now and there are no results being reported to the national system, explains the GP, so knowing exactly how the virus is spreading this summer is difficult.
Dr Helen Wall, Greater Manchester's clinical director of population health, told the Manchester Evening News how those who are eligible should start planning on getting their vaccine, as the increase in Covid is happening before medics anticipated. Join our WhatsAp p Top Stories and Breaking News group by clicking this link There has been a rise in Covid-19 cases and a 'small rise in hospital admission rates in most age groups, particularly among the elderly', the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed this month.
The warnings come as a new variant has taken hold in the UK. Given the name Eris by experts, the variant of the widespread Omicron strain has seen a surge in cases, with one in seven infected now believed to have caught it.