New Covid variant LIVE: Everything you need to know about Pirola as new strain spreads

The brand new Pirola is at the moment spreading within the UK, with circumstances recognized in most areas.

The variant was first recognized in August and, in accordance with the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA), as of 18 September, 137 circumstances have been sequenced in 15 nations: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. 

As of 18 September, there have been 54 confirmed circumstances within the UK – 48 in England and 6 in Scotland. No circumstances have been recognized in Wales or Northern Eire, as of but. 

Of the 48 circumstances in England, 30 have been recognized as a part of a . 

A complete of 10 circumstances out of the 48 have been hospitalised. No deaths have been reported.



Man with Covid

The Pirola Covid variant was first detected in Denmark in late July (Picture: GETTY)

Keep at residence if in case you have Covid signs, says knowledgeable

can assist cease additional unfold of the Pirola Covid variant, stated Dr Johannes Uys, a Basic Practitioner (GP) working at in London.

He suggested staying at residence for a minimum of 5 days in case you’re over the age of 18 and three days in case you’re underneath the age of 18.

You also needs to keep away from contact with folks at excessive threat of turning into significantly sick for a minimum of 10 days.

He stated: “If folks with signs don’t isolate, they may doubtless cross on the virus to others.”

Woman with Covid staying at home

Staying at residence if in case you have signs can assist cease the unfold of the brand new variant (Picture: GETTY)

Over-65s urged to get Covid booster

Anyone over the age of 65 in England is being urged to get their Covid booster vaccine.

The booster’s availability was introduced ahead as a precaution towards the ‘Pirola’ Covid variant.

In accordance with the NHS, these eligible for the Covid booster embody these:

Aged 65 years previous or over (it is advisable be 65 years previous by 31 March 2024)

Aged six months to 64 years previous and are at elevated threat 

Residing in a care residence for older adults

A frontline well being or social care employee

Aged 16 to 64 years previous and a carer

Aged 12 to 64 years previous and stay with somebody with a weakened immune system.

People who find themselves eligible for the Covid booster can e-book their appointment by way of the NHS web site, NHS app, or by calling 119.

Interactive map exhibits what number of Covid circumstances are in your space

Within the seven days main as much as September 3, the most recent authorities information confirmed there have been 8,961 confirmed circumstances of Covid in England.

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Barrow-in-Furness has seen the best charges of latest infections of any native authority in England, with 25 new circumstances reported within the space within the week ending September 3.

Ought to folks begin sporting face masks?

Through the peak of the Covid pandemic, sporting face masks in public locations grew to become a compulsory requirement.

Carrying a face masks was deemed some of the necessary issues somebody might do to guard themselves towards the virus.

The face protecting rules ended on 26 January 2022 within the UK, however Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Well being on the College of Bedfordshire, stated .

He stated: “As the present Covid wave intensifies with rising circumstances and hospital admissions, sporting face masks stays a sensible and simple measure.

“Masks not solely supply private safety but additionally safeguard these round us.

“Crowded and poorly ventilated areas, like trains and airports, are locations the place masks could make a major distinction.”

Woman wearing face mask

Masks not solely supply private safety but additionally safeguard these round us (Picture: GETTY)

NHS tips on what to do if in case you have Covid

The rules have modified for the reason that peak of the pandemic, however the nonetheless has .

Most individuals ought to restoration from Covid inside 12 weeks, says the NHS.

In case you expertise signs you must keep at residence and keep away from contact with different folks.

You may resume regular actions whenever you really feel higher or now not have a excessive temperature.

Whereas free lateral movement assessments are now not out there, they’re nonetheless available for purchase.

How harmful is Pirola?

It’s necessary to know the way harmful a Covid pressure is, notably for these most in danger. 

However  and  physician Dr Dave Nichols stated there isn’t sufficient information but to know the affect. 

Dr Nichols stated: “, nonetheless, the info for that is at the moment missing.”

As a precautionary measure, the autumn vaccine booster programme has been introduced ahead within the UK. 

Covid hospitalisation

It isn’t but identified how harmful the brand new Covid variant is (Picture: GETTY)

Free Covid assessments

Free at-home Covid assessments are again within the US, however they’re at the moment not out there within the UK. 

Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Well being at , stated if case charges and hospitalisations proceed to extend within the weeks forward, . 

He added testing is a robust software within the prevention and management of infectious illnesses.

He stated: “On condition that the U.S. has lately resumed providing free lateral movement assessments to its residents, it might be sensible for the UK to contemplate doing the identical, particularly in gentle of rising case numbers.”

Might one other lockdown occur?

Alex Wilkins, director of hygiene and security specialists , warned that we might see a return to lockdowns or different necessary measures if folks aren’t cautious. 

One of the best ways to forestall that is for folks to guard themselves towards the virus. 

He stated: “Lockdowns are a painful reminder of what we need to keep away from – they arrive with profound financial, psychological well being, and social prices.”

Wilkins stated . 

Might Covid circumstances surge this winter?

Considerations have been raised over a surge of Covid circumstances this winter, with case numbers at the moment on the rise. 

In accordance with Dr Uys, a Basic Practitioner (GP) at , . 

However he added: “The WHO (World Well being Group) is apprehensive that Covid charges might enhance this winter. 

“Infectious sicknesses do are inclined to rise in winter, as folks spend extra time indoors and due to this fact enhance the chance of transmitting viruses to others.

“One other concern is that we have now turn out to be extra complacent than we have been two years in the past, and so might not take as many precautions.”

Woman suffering Covid at home

It is too early to say whether or not there will likely be a brand new Covid wave this winter (Picture: GETTY)

Present Covid signs

The severity of Pirola, a spin-off of the Omicron variant, varies relying on an individual’s vaccination standing, in accordance with Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Well being on the . 

He stated your immune response and former publicity to the virus might additionally dictate the severity of the signs you’ll expertise.

Sore throat, excessive temperature, runny nostril or blocked nostril, sneezing, cough (with or with out phlegm), , muscle aches, and fatigue. 

Stories of lack of style or odor, nausea and vomiting have additionally been made. 

He added: “It’s additionally value noting that signs of Covid and seasonal allergy symptoms can overlap, making prognosis difficult with out testing. 

“Due to this fact, vigilance and testing stay essential for correct prognosis and well timed remedy.”

Good morning

Good morrning from London. I am Katrina Turrill, I will be bringing you all the most recent developments on the brand new Covid variants at the moment circulating within the UK. Please get in contact with me to share your expertise of Covid or in case you’re an knowledgeable and may supply recommendation on the brand new variants. Your ideas are at all times welcome.

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