Dr Bharat Pankhania warns ‘we need to be watchful’ as Covid cases rise 30%

GBNews published this video item, entitled “Dr Bharat Pankhania warns ‘we need to be watchful’ as Covid cases rise 30%” – below is their description.

Covid-19 infections in the UK have jumped by more than half a million in a week, with the rise likely to be driven by the latest Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5, figures show.

Hospital numbers are also continuing to increase, with early signs of a rise in intensive care admissions among older age groups.

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