The start of the third wave
With the new Delta variant being highly contagious, it's no surprise that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are no longer in decline. From the middle of May 2020, we started to see the number of cases increasing at a rate that's not dissimilar to the rate of infection we experienced back at the beginning of the pandemic. On July 15th, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK reached 58,606, a number that's scarily similar to numbers we saw back in January during the second wave.
Hospitalisations are relatively low
While it's clear to see that we're heading into the third wave of COVID-19, data suggests that the number of hospitalisations is remaining relatively low. This is due to the ongoing vaccination program that's providing people with a greater level of protection against the virus. For comparison, during the peak of the second wave, 84 people in 1000 who tested positive for COVID-19 ended up in hospital. Now, only 16 people in 1000 are being admitted to hospital with the virus. Of course, just because hospitalisations are fewer, doesn't mean they've stopped completely. It's still a good idea to be cautious around those who are most likely to be vulnerable to the virus, eg. elderly people & people with pre-existing medical conditions.