Brits should brace for another Covid resurgence this winter, health chiefs have said amid an uptick in cases.
Infections appeared to plateau earlier this month, despite warnings of a fresh wave sparked by the emergence of a new variant nicknamed Pirola.
But surveillance programmes tasked with monitoring the UK’s outbreak suggest the trend is on the rise again.
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) bosses expect ‘further increases’ as the season progresses.
Dr Mary Ramsay, UKHSA’s director of public health programmes, added: ‘This week’s surveillance indicates a slight increase in Covid infection rates.