Covid 19 cases in the UK is surging again, taking the daily average to more than 300,000 a day.
There were 324,954 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid in the UK this week, up from 258,155 reported last week.
According to the latest Zoe Covid Study incidence figures, London, the South East, South West and East of England are reporting the highest case numbers per million people.
Data shows case rates are rising across all age groups, although the highest number of cases is being seen in 0-17-year-olds, with more than 600 cases per 100,000.
Despite the rise in case levels, Sajid Javid Health Secretary, said the Government’s stance has not changed.
He said: “Our level of concern hasn’t changed. Although the case numbers are rising, infections are rising, and indeed hospital numbers are rising, they are still way below their peak.
“It’s also important for us when we review this to understand why they are rising.
“And that is primarily down to the increased social mixing we are seeing, as our country has opened up, but also the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, which we know is, on the one hand more infectious, but on the other hand we know that our vaccines work just as well against this.”