Covid infections have started in the UK after two months of decline, new data shows.
The Office for National Statistics said there were “early signs” of a possible increase in the percentage of people testing positive for Covid in England and Northern Ireland.
A report on Friday said the surge was likely due to surges in Omicron variants BA.1, BA.4, and BA.5.
The same trend could not be observed in Wales and Scotland.
The figures showed 797,500 people tested positive for Covid in the week ended June 2. While 27,700 people tested positive in Northern Ireland, the figure was 40,500 in Wales and 124,100 in Scotland.
The report added: “The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) rose among those aged 35 to 49, and there were early signs of a rise in the 12-year-old age group to 24 -year-olds.”
The news follows an increase in hospital admissions of Covid patients in England for the first time in two months, according to data released on Thursday.
Earlier this week, LatestPageNews reported warnings from experts that the UK is likely to start a new wave.
This comes after European health authorities predicted variants BA.4 and BA.5 in May. would drive a new wave over the next few weeks.