Nine new COVID-19 symptoms added to UK alert list including a sore throat and muscle pains

The United Kingdom has quadrupled its official list of COVID-19 symptoms, which now includes a sore throat, muscle pains and diarrhoea.
Prior to the change, UK health officials flagged just three symptoms as signs someone could have the virus: a fever, continuous cough and loss of sense of smell or taste.

The decision to expand the list of symptoms from three to 12 came just days after free testing for coronavirus ended in England.

Coronavirus cases across the UK have soared again with the rapid spread of the more transmissible omicron BA.2 variant (AP)

According to the NHS, which runs the public health system in the UK, people should be alert to a further nine symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • aching body
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

Health experts in the UK had debated for some time how many and what symptoms should be on the list to prompt someone to get tested.

British travellers going abroad for the Easter holidays faced disruptions yesterday as two main carriers, British Airways and easyJet, cancelled dozens of flights due to staff shortages related to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
A spike in coronavirus cases is threatening airline travel over the UK Easter holidays.
A spike in coronavirus cases is threatening airline travel over the UK Easter holidays. (AP)

Budget carrier easyJet grounded 62 flights scheduled after cancelling at least 222 flights over the weekend.

British Airways said some three dozen out of its 115 flights were cancelled yesterday were due to pandemic-related problems.

The Easter school holidays, which start this week, are the first time many families in Britain have booked trips abroad after two years of restrictions.

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