Parents have been warned of the threats of chickenpox and scarlet fever, which could put their children at risk. Chickenpox is on the rise in pre-schools and nurseries after many common infections declined during the coronavirus pandemic.

This rise, which experts have said are in line with what is usually expected at this time of year, comes at a time when the Sun reports that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a warning following 3,488 reports of scarlet fever between September 2021 and March 2022 in England. The average number of scarlet fever infections during the same period over the last five years has been 8,605.