Covid cases level off as hospitalisations fall – another sign latest wave has ‘peaked’ | The Sun

COVID cases are beginning to level off in the UK as the autumn virus wave fades.

The number of people testing positive rose by just 40,000 to 2.05million – a mere 2 per cent rise.

Meanwhile, the number of hospitalisations is also down by 16 per cent.

It shows the latest Covid surge is dying, having caused less damage than any previous wave.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show cases began to peak in early October.

But health bosses warn other winter bugs including flu and norovirus are on the rise.

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Flu rates are highest in school-age children, with up to 12 per cent of those who feel unwell testing positive.

Parents are urged to get their tots vaccinated as hospital admissions are highest in under-fives.

Dr Conall Watson, from the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Hospital admission rates for flu have increased in recent weeks and remain highest in those under five. 

“Already this year a small number of young children have needed intensive care. 

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“Please book your pre-schooler in for a flu vaccine at your GP surgery as soon as you can.

“Flu nasal spray vaccine is also currently being offered to all primary school children and will be available for some secondary school years later this season.”

Rising numbers of youngsters are also coming down with common winter viruses RSV, which causes coughs and sniffles, and the diarrhoea and vomiting bug norovirus.

The most recent data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app states that there are 20 symptoms Brits should be on the lookout for.

This data refers to all Brits who have logged their symptoms on the app, regardless of how many jabs they have had.

  1. Sore throat – 63.55 per cent
  2. Runny nose – 53.04 per cent
  3. Headache – 53.02 per cent
  4. Blocked nose – 52.47 per cent
  5. Cough no phlegm – 52.06 per cent
  6. Sneezing – 47.02 per cent
  7. Cough with phlegm – 45.79 per cent
  8. Hoarse voice – 43.86 per cent
  9. Muscle pain aches – 29.46 per cent
  10. Fatigue – 22.97 per cent
  11. Dizzy light headed – 21.11 per cent
  12. Altered smell – 19.82 per cent
  13. Swollen neck glands – 17.72 per cent
  14. Eye soreness – 16.41 per cent
  15. Chest pain tightness – 16.26 per cent
  16. Shortness of breath – 15.9 per cent
  17. Loss of smell – 14.45 per cent
  18. Earache – 13.96 per cent
  19. Chills or shivers – 12.98 per cent
  20. Joint pain shoulders – 11.08 per cent

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