'Kraken? What's Kraken? I've never heard of Kraken.'
If you haven't yet, you will.
|Coronavirus variant XBB.1.5, otherwise known as Kraken|
Tuesday's 'i' newspaper carried this headline on p.13:
"COVID CASES RISE BY 50% AS KRAKEN SWEEPS BRITAIN"
I am grateful for small mercies. No other media has touched the story, to my knowledge, apart from the Daily Express, yesterday. Channel 4 News has not run with this breaking news item yet. The north American media is full of the news, however. This variant of SARS.CoV.2 had its origin in the United States of America. As the 'i' report states:
"If it follows the same trajectory as in the US, its share will jump from around 11 per cent of new infections (January 16) to around 40 per cent by Sunday (February 5)."
Eleven days ago, daily cases of Covid had fallen below 100,000 for the first time in more than a year to stand atjust over 85,000. But since then they have risen by 45 per cent to 123,265 last Saturday (January 28), according to the latest data from the ZOE Health Study.
Here are the reactions of two academics:
- Professor Danny Altman of Imperial College London said that he is worried the public may not appreciate the threat Covid still poses and he would like to see greater actions taken to prevent its spread.
- Professor Karl Friston of University College London said "we have just reached the nadir of the current wave and cases will start going up again. These fluctuations, with a peak every few months, are what we can expect for the next year or so."
|Over 217,000 UK citizens have caught Covid - and died. Over 2 million are suffering the effects of Long Covid after being infected.|