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Covid Resurgence Across UK, Europe Driven by Omicron Subvariants

  • Health officials remind public Covid hasn’t gone away
  • Latest data show 1 in 40 people in England have Covid
City commuters wear face masks at Waterloo station in London. 

City commuters wear face masks at Waterloo station in London. 

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Covid infection rates are rising again in the UK and across much of Europe, driven by newer versions of the omicron variant, amid concerns that another wave will disrupt businesses and add to pressure on health systems.

In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for Covid-19 climbed to almost 1.4 million -- about 1 in 40 people -- in the week ending June 18, according to an Office for National Statistics report published Friday. That compares with around 1 in 50 people in the prior week. In Scotland, the estimate in the latest week increased to around 1 in 20 people.