The virus is still below levels seen in the spring, but there has definitely been an uptick in positive tests.
Data suggests the Omicron infection wave has started to tail off.
Covid case rates have risen in a third of UK local authorities.
Last year's £849m meal subsidy has been criticised for possibly leading to an increase in Covid-19 infections.
While infections across the country have fallen by two thirds since January, some areas are showing worrying trends.
The biggest increase in infections is in Rutland where they have surged by 87%.
For people with diabetes, foot ulcers and infections can develop and deteriorate quickly to more advanced foot disease.
There was an even more dramatic drop in the north of the country, researchers found.
Infectious diseases expert John Edmunds also warns against "unwise" Eat Out To Help Out-style easing of restrictions after England's lockdown.
Michael Osterholm, an expert at the University of Minnesota, stressed that a lack of public confidence is largely to blame.