Lockdown warning: Calls for immediate return of Covid rules after WHO sub-variant alert

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Lockdown warning: Calls for immediate return of Covid rules after WHO sub-variant alert

The increase in hospitalisations follows a rise in infections in March. It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday it is tracki

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The increase in hospitalisations follows a rise in infections in March. It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday it is tracking dozens of cases of two new sub-variants of the highly transmissible Omicron strain to assess whether they are more infectious or dangerous.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show one in 13 people in England are infected with Covid.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this was to be expected after the lifting of restrictions and the Government is not concerned due to the fact that Omicron causes a milder illness.

The NHS Confederation has called for mitigating actions, such as the return of limits on indoor mixing and masks in crowded spaces, to curb the spread of the virus.

It has warned Easter could be as bad as any winter for the NHS if the Government does not step in.

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