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Experts fear an early flu outbreak this year could be accompanied by monkeypox and Covid increases

Britain should brace for an early flu outbreak that will coincide with rising Covid and monkeypox cases, a top expert has warned.

Health officials have said they expect an “early wave of influenza” in the UK as there has not been a “proper” flu season since the start of the Covid pandemic.

dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said she was “monitoring Australia very carefully” – currently in the winter season – after a strain of influenza “started early and spread quickly across all age groups”.

She said the country was having “its worst flu season in five years” which could be repeated in the UK as early as September.

In the meantime, Dr. Hopkins added that later this year we will see at least one more Covid wave linked to an “ongoing transmission of monkeypox”.

There are also growing fears that the NHS is being crushed by Covid at the same time, with colder weather and darker evenings leading to increased social contact indoors – where viruses can spread more easily.

Flu is a seasonal threat to the NHS, with outbreaks more likely between September and March as colder weather forces more people indoors, where the virus – like Covid – can spread more easily.

But influenza virtually disappeared last winter amid lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of Covid.

Britain should brace for an early flu outbreak that will coincide with rising Covid and monkeypox cases, a top expert has warned (file image)

Britain should brace for an early flu outbreak that will coincide with rising Covid and monkeypox cases, a top expert has warned (file image)

Britain should brace for an early flu outbreak that will coincide with rising Covid and monkeypox cases, a top expert has warned (file image)

Health officials have said they expect an

Health officials have said they expect an

Health officials have said they expect an “early wave of influenza” in the UK as there has not been a “proper” flu season since the start of the Covid pandemic

dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said we will see at least one more Covid wave later this year, collaborating with an

dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said we will see at least one more Covid wave later this year, collaborating with an

dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said we will see at least one more Covid wave later this year, collaborating with an “ongoing transmission of monkeypox”.

Experts are now concerned about the population’s lack of immunity in the wake of the pandemic and the prospect of a bad winter that could shut down the NHS, reports The Telegraph.

On Thursday said Dr. Hopkins in a webinar hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine: “We are planning a flu outbreak. I don’t know if people are following Australia, but we’re watching very, very closely.

“It started earlier and has gone up very, very quickly in all age groups, so we expect to see an early flu outbreak.

“While we don’t typically see influenza really breaking out until late November to December, it could happen as early as late September to October – that’s what we’re planning.”

In the meantime, Dr. Hopkins added that later this year we will see at least one more Covid wave linked to an “ongoing transmission of monkeypox”.

She added: “We will see at least one Covid wave in autumn-winter once we have weathered the current wave. And for at least the next six months we will have ongoing community transmission of monkeypox.’

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that 1.3 million people were infected in England in the week to June 18, a fifth more than the previous estimate. Still, the week-on-week increase is half the 40 percent peak seen in last week’s forecast.

Cases are also increasing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Experts previously told MailOnline the figures suggest the current wave “may already be slowing down” and “may not be so high after all”. However, they conceded that the peak is yet to come.

dr Hopkins said,

dr Hopkins said,

dr Hopkins said, “For at least the next six months, we will have ongoing community transmission of monkeypox.”

Omicron substrains BA.4 and BA.5 are now the dominant strains in the UK, the UK Health Security Agency confirmed for the first time today. They are thought to be even more contagious than their ancestors, who were responsible for cases hitting pandemic highs in December and April, but just as mild.

Meanwhile, monkeypox cases in the UK have soared to over 1,000 as the rare disease continues to spread, officials confirmed today.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chiefs said there had been 1,076 infections by Sunday, almost double the number two weeks ago.

Authorities said they expect cases to continue rising in the coming days and are advising anyone going to big events or having sex with new partners to be “vigilant” for symptoms.

dr Hopkins revealed there are now 20 to 40 new cases every day, saying “This year is going to be even more challenging than normal.”

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