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Daily infections fall for the third day in a row as 178,250 new infections are reported

DAILY Covid cases fell for the third day in a row today, as 178,250 more infections were reported.

New data reveals that the rate of critical coronavirus R could be as high as 1.6 in some parts of the UK.

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Critical coronavirus R rate is lowest in London, after capital was first area hit with Omicron cases

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Critical coronavirus R rate is lowest in London, after capital was first area hit with Omicron casesCredit: LNP

This is the first time the R rate has been updated since December 23, and the UK average is now between 1.2 and 1.5 – up slightly from 1.2 to 1.5 before Christmas.

An additional 178,250 Britons tested positive today, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 14,193,228.

There have been 229 more deaths recorded, bringing the unfortunate total since the beginning of the pandemic to 149,744 people.

Today’s daily cases offer a glimmer of hope, down from 179,756 yesterday – and down from 194,747 on Wednesday.

It marked the third daily drop, after cases hit a record high on Tuesday when 218, 724 cases were reported.

And Health Secretary Sajid Javid revealed today that Omicron is 90% lighter than Delta strain.

Omicron is currently responsible for the majority of cases in the UK and was taken over from the Delta variant.

However, experts this week said that Omicron . cases may have peaked, after three million Britons had Covid on New Year’s Eve.

A string of extremely active research showed Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalization as 50 to 70% lower than Delta.

Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.

Sun Jabs Army The campaign is helping to get key additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.

The Department of Health and Social Care revealed today that 35 million Britons have now received their Covid booster injections after the NHS worked tirelessly over the festive period.

New vaccination sites are available every day and Britons are being encouraged to come in to get their vaccines. because two doses are not enough to protect against Omicron.

WHERE WE ARE?

Before Christmas, London had the highest R rates, but data suggests the capital may have passed its peak in infections, with the North East and Yorkshire having recorded the highest R rates, ranging from 1.3 to 1.6.

Next is the Northwest, which ranges from 1.3 to 1.5.

The Midlands are at 1.2 to 1.5 and the East of England is between 1.1 and 1.3.

Both the Southeast and the Southwest recorded R rates between 1.0 and 1.3.

London currently has the lowest R rate in the UK, and is between 0.9 and 1.2.

It is important to note that the rate of R changes over time, and if R is greater than 1, it means an epidemic is developing.

Mr Javid said today that the NHS faces a “rocky road” over the next few weeks but is encouraged by the latest data.

BE BOOSTED

He said: “A killer combination of boosters and breakthrough antivirals has put this country on a much better footing in fighting Covid.

Speaking during a visit to King’s College Hospital, Mr Javid begged people to go ahead with the third strike with an upbeat update on the most recent findings.

He said: “There are some encouraging signs. Now we know that Omicron baby is less heavy.

“Once you’re given an increased chance of being hospitalized, our latest analysis shows that this is almost 90% less than what happens with Delta.”

He has claimed that Britain is leading in boosters, antivirals and testing in Europe – but warned that we are not out of the woods yet.

Soldiers have been deployed to hospitals to help relieve pressure on staff absenteeism.

Data from the government also revealed that Cases are still increasing in more than 90% of areas in the UK.

Mr Javid also warned today that the relaxation experiment for tourists could cause other key.

The Health Secretary is said to have warned Boris Johnson before holiday checks were eased this week – but was dismissed.

Pre-departure testing and PCR being axial for those who come into the UK because Omicron is already so popular.

But the fact that the variant is so much milder, combined with the UK’s aggressive ramping up campaign, means that deaths and patients in the ICU remain low.

The changes were signed off at the Covid O Cabinet subcommittee on Wednesday and welcomed by holidaymakers.

But Mr Javid died before the easing and warned it could harm our ability to catch any new variation.

A government source told The Times: “He said that by getting rid of them you increase the risk of having to shut down the entire economy. But he failed to argue.”

An ally of Mr Javid said: “We have a decision and he is completely behind it.”

The Prime Minister has stressed that there is no need for new restrictions against Omicron for now.

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Bobby Allyn

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