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New Covid-19 variant spreads across UK as cases and hospitalisations rise

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Health experts are warning of a rise in Covid-19 cases - and hospitalisations - as a new variant sweeps the UK. 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.

The health chiefs have issued key advice on what to do to keep safe from coronavirus and how to stop it passing onto others if you're unwell.

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. Join our WhatsAp p Top Stories and Breaking News group by clicking this link On July 1, 3.3 people out of every 100,000 had Covid – but that has now jumped significantly, with 7.2 having it as of July 29.

Eris hit the UK in early May, with the World Health Organisation adding it to its watch list under the identification of EG.5.1 soon after.

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