Covid cases in England have almost doubled in a month, MailOnline can reveal, amid fears a new heavily-mutated Covid variant dubbed the ‘real deal’ is rapidly spreading worldwide undetected.
Some 875 cases were logged in the country on August 11, according to the most recent Government statistics available, up from just 449 one month earlier.
Hospital admissions are also rising sharply — up by a fifth in a week — sparking concerns that the UK is on the brink of another wave just as the country heads into the autumn when the NHS gets busier.
Brits are no longer testing en masse like they were earlier in the pandemic — with free community mass testing ending in May 2022.
Experts warn it has become more difficult to spot new outbreaks early. Variant tracking capabilities have also been scaled back.