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Covid: UK records more than 90,000 Covid cases for second day in a row

Omicron continues to drive a large increase in the number of cases nationwide (Image: Metro Graphics)

The UK has recorded more than 90,000 Covid-19 infections for the second day in a row.

Government data shows there were 90,418 new infections in the last 24 hours.

This is down slightly from yesterday’s record 93,045, but there is always a drop at the end of the week for administrative reasons.

Officials said an additional 125 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

But there is better news about the booster dose campaign, with 817,625 injections delivered in the last 24 hours.

That’s the second-highest number given in a day after yesterday’s record-breaking attempt.

Cases are on the rise across the country but London has become the epicenter of the new wave.

A major incident has been declared in London due to intense pressure on emergency services (Image: AP)

Sadiq Khan declared a ‘major incident’ across the capital this afternoon, providing emergency services under centralized command to deal with the great stress they are under.

Hospitals are operating at full capacity and other key services are struggling with staff absenteeism.

This is the first time London has faced this situation since last winter’s coronavirus outbreak.

The government is said to be considering a plan to lock circuit breakers for two weeks after Christmas to try and prevent incidents.

Allies of the prime minister are quoted in The Times as saying Mr Johnson still wants to follow the path of guidance, but he must also be realistic about the threat of Omicron.

According to the BBC, scientists have told ministers that tougher measures need to be introduced ‘very soon’.

A day after the UK recorded its highest number of cases since the pandemic began, protesters marched against further restrictions in London (Image: Getty)

Experts have warned indoor mixing is the ‘biggest risk factor’ for the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, as documents reveal advisors warn that mass gatherings risk generating ‘multiple contagion events’.

Documents released by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) on Saturday reveal the advice that has been given to ministers by the agency.

And at a meeting on Thursday, experts said stricter measures may be needed on Omicron because of its contagious nature.

The minutes of the meeting say this could include ‘group-scale education, increased physical distancing, reduced contact time, and closure of high-risk facilities’.

The World Health Organization said the Omicron variant had been identified in 89 countries as of Thursday and had a doubling time of 1.5 to 3 days.

It said data was still limited on the severity of the stress, but added: ‘With the number of cases rapidly increasing, it is possible that many healthcare systems could quickly become overwhelmed. ‘

A government spokesman said: ‘The Government will continue to closely review all emerging data and we will keep our measures in the review process as we learn more about variation. this.’

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