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COVID cases are up by a third in a week, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics estimates one in every 30 Brits is now infected.

1New strains of the Omicron variant are driving numbers back towards record highs and causing a rise in hospital admissionsCredit: Reuters

A total of 2.3million people across the UK tested positive last week compared with 1.

7million a week earlier.

New strains of the Omicron variant are driving numbers back towards record highs and causing a rise in hospital admissions.

ONS Covid expert Sarah Crofts said: “Across the UK we’ve seen a continued increase of over half a million infections likely caused by the growth of BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

“This rise is seen across all ages, countries and regions of England.

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“We’ll continue to monitor the data closely to see if this growth continues in the coming weeks.”

ONS figures put infections last week at 1.8million in England, 288,000 in Scotland, 106,000 in Wales and 71,000 in Northern Ireland.

Patients in hospital with the virus in England rose to 8,928 from 6,401 a week ago.

Another report made Covid the top cause of death for the second year in 2021.

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Car plows into Hardee’s Restaurant in Wilson, North Carolina, killing two customers inside and leaving one injured

TWO customers inside a Hardee's restaurant in North Carolina have been killed after a car crashed through its walls.

In Wilson, North Carolina at about 9.47 am on Sunday morning, law enforcement responded to a single vehicle accident at the Hardee's on 2313 Forest Hills Road, reports Fox 8 News.

After arriving on the scene, the Wilson Police Department discovered that 78-year-old Jesse Lawrence crashed his vehicle into the restaurant, injuring a number of customers.

Both 58-year-old Cristopher Ruffin and his brother, 62-year-old Clay Ruffin were killed in the accident.

Christopher died on scene, while Clay was brought to the ECU Health Medical Center where he would later pass on from his injuries.

It has been reported that Lawrence also received treatment for his injuries from the same hospital and was later released, per Fox 8.

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The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol Unit is currently in charge of the investigation of the accident.

In a recent news release, Wilson police explained that they are certain the accident isn't medically connected.

"At this time, officers are still investigating the incident but do not believe it to be medical or impairment related."

This is a developing situation, and the investigation remains ongoing.

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