Number of infections hit a record high OTHER with 93,000 infected is Omicron now DOMINANT

COVID cases hit another record high for a third day of activity, with 93,000 infections reported by the Government.

Officials announced today that the Omicron variant is behind this increase – it currently dominates in England and Scotland.


Experts say Omicron is doubling the number of cases every two days. These numbers represent confirmed cases by genetic sequencing - there could be thousands more


Experts say Omicron is doubling the number of cases every two days. These numbers represent confirmed cases by genetic sequencing – there could be thousands more

Confirmed cases of the super-spreader across the UK rose to a third today.

As the Omicron wave grows, more and more data proves it booster vaccine is the best defense against both infection and serious illness.

The Sun is inviting readers to sign up for our life-saving program Jabs Army to make the rollout go as smooth and fast as possible.

ONE learn new today have shown that additional doses WILL protect against severe Omicron disease, even if the efficacy is slightly lower than with previous strains.

After enhancement, protection from severe illness and thus hospitalization from Omicron is 80%, Imperial College London has estimated.

It reinforces previous work by the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) which said that three doses 75% protection against symptomatic infections.

A staggering 93,000 cases today are higher than the 88,376 cases reported yesterday and the 78,610 cases on Wednesday – all of which broke the previous record of 68,053 cases on January 8.

Cases may have reached similar heights during the first Covid wave of spring 2020. But due to the lack of testing then, there was no data to compare.

111 other tragedies Covid The death toll was also added to the coronavirus dashboard today, with the daily death toll remaining steady.

But hospital admissions are on the rise, with the total for the week at 6,056, 8% higher than the previous week.

Across the UK, 7,611 people are hospitalized with the virus, up 2% in a week.

But in London, inpatients increased by 25% in a week, with the capital treating 1,534 Covid patients.

Meanwhile, another 3,201 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected, for a total now 14,909, according to UKHSA.

But infections are more in the region of hundreds of thousands.

At least 53,881 positive swab samples are now “s-gene” negative – an indication of this variant.

UKHSA says Omicron now accounts for 54.2% of all Covid cases in the UK, meaning it dominates and has overtaken Delta.

It accounts for 80.8% of cases in London and at the bottom of the scale, 26.5% of cases in the North East.

Nicola Sturgeon said today the strain is also dominant in Scotland, as she warns a “tsunami” of this variant is hitting the country.

The dismal First Minister said 51.4% of Covid-19 cases in Scotland are now likely to be Omicron.

Ms Sturgeon said in Scotland the R number, which measures the rate of infection, could be above four. That means for every 10 people with Omicron it leads to 40 more cases.

And diagnoses of the virus have increased by more than 40% in the country in the past week.

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Ms Sturgeon urged people to stay at home before Christmas, saying Omicron’s arrival was “the blows’ worst nightmare”.

“The tsunami I warned about a week ago is starting to hit us,” she said.

“However, and this is a pivotal point, a really important point, we shouldn’t be fateful about this. We are not helpless in the face of it.”

“It seems that boosters are still very effective in reducing the risk of getting very sick from Omicron,” said the First Minister.

Everyone needs to be careful. You need to think about your risk budget.

Boris JohnsonPrime Minister

The ZOE Covid Symptom Research app, which tracks the outbreak using the app’s users, estimates 87,000 people are showing symptoms of Covid each day across the UK.

It says main symptoms of Omicron presents with a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat.

Many people can confuse this with a cold – but Professor Tim Spector, leader of the ZOE study, said it was more likely Omicron.


The public is encouraged to use side flow test before socialization to slow the spread of Omicron.

UKHSA says tests can detect this variant, after reports from South Africa home kit was missing it.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA CEO today said: “Our data suggest that LFD tests have a similar ability to detect COVID-19 in people who have been exposed to Omicrons as in those who have been exposed to Omicron. exposure to previous variations.

“This is very encouraging. As we all work to limit the high transmission of this variant over the Christmas period, we encourage everyone to get tested regularly, especially before attend social gatherings.

“As always, booster vaccines are still the best protection against infection. Please come to receive your booster as soon as possible. “

A report from UKHSA today also revealed that 18% of people infected with Omicron let others use it in their home, compared with 10% of those with Delta.

As Christmas approaches, Boris Johnson insists people should still enjoy the festivities, insisting his message is in line with Britain’s top doctor.

Professor Chris Whitty calls limit meeting friends at the Downing Street conference on Wednesday, where he joined PM.

He gloatingly advised the public to “prioritize” Christmas socialization.

Mr Johnson said today: “What both Chris Whitty and I are saying is that there is going to be a big wave in Omicron.

“People need to be cautious. You need to think about your risk budget. ”

Towns and cities across the UK went silent yesterday as the threat posed by Covid left thousands of Britons choosing to “self-isolate” and work from home to avoid a spoiled Christmas.

London roads are quietest during rush hour since this summer – streets are empty, congestion eases and pubs, shops & lunch spots empty.

The hotel locations have been forced to close during one of their busiest periods because so many workers got sick from super stress.

But a few party people in the North of England have been wildly successful, despite concerns that Omicron will affect them by Christmas this year.

Cheerful people were spotted in Newcastle and Leeds, taking in the festive atmosphere with Santa costumes and Christmas hats.

Prime Minister warns that Omicron is “a very serious threat to us today” – but refuses to comply with enemy demands lock.

“We are seeing a significant wave going through and people have to prepare and they have to understand what it entails,” he said.

The amazing propagation speed of Omicron compared to other variants can be seen in this UKHSA chart


The amazing propagation speed of Omicron compared to other variants can be seen in this UKHSA chart
Boris Johnson says Britons need to be aware of Omicron risk as they socialize over Christmas Number of infections hit a record high OTHER with 93,000 infected is Omicron now DOMINANT

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