The CASES of Covid-19 has reached its highest daily total for the second day in a row today.
A total of 88,376 new infections were reported today, up 12.4% from the rate of days of the year is 78,610.
Omicron cases have also increased 16% today with 1,691 cases reported.
Today’s surge in infections comes as Britain’s top doctor revealed that Omicron’s R Ratio can be as high as 5 in some parts of the UK.
Today is a record day for the UK boost campaign with the NHS reporting that 25 million people have now received their booster.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said this afternoon that everyone needs to play their part and move forward.
An additional 146 deaths caused by Covid-19 were also reported today, with around 849 patients being hospitalized for the error daily.
Data from the UK Health Security Authority (UKHSA) released today shows that Omicron accounts for 40% of cases across the UK.
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England has 10,740 cases of Omicron, Scotland has 663, Northern Ireland 210 and Wales 95.
The same report also states that 16 people are currently hospitalized with this variant.
Separate data released yesterday showed that the virus was the predominant strain in London, with the capital having the highest infection rate of all UK regions.
The most recent data for regional breakdowns is as of December 14 and shows there are 4,096 Omicron cases in London, 2,216 cases in the South East and 1,477 cases in the East Midlands.
The East of England has 986, the South West has 814, the North West 411, the North East 385, the West Midlands 161, Yorkshire and the Humber 158.
There are also 36 cases of unknown origin.
Professor Chris Whitty said Omicron “is highly transmissible and the rate will keep going up“.
The CHEAP value represents how many people an infected person transmits the virus to.
If the R value of Omicron is 5, it means that 10 people infected with it will lead to 50 more cases.
The R value needs to be below 1 for the outbreak to narrow.
Prof Whitty told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee: “I think what we’re going to see with this – and I think we’re seeing it in South Africa – is the increase is going to be incredibly rapid. quickly, even when people are taking more cautious actions, like them.
“That will help slow it down, but it will still be very fast.
“Therefore, it will probably peak quite quickly. My guess is that it might then go down faster than previous peaks but I don’t want to say that with certainty.
“I’m just saying it’s a possibility.”
Omicron is moving so fast that confirmed numbers are being reported with lag and may not represent the true scale of the problem.
There have been more than 11,000 confirmed Omicron cases to date, based on genetic testing.
More than 15,000 or so were detected through experimental surveillance, while there could be thousands more that went undetected.
All in all, the number of people diagnosed with the disease every day skyrockets, and it’s in the days of yesterday is the highest ever, at 78,600.
KNOW YOUR PRIORITY
While infections continue to rise, Prof Whitty urges Britons to ‘prioritize’ the most important events before Christmas.
It’s a message that Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood behind, with the Prime Minister insisting he would not impose further restrictions.
Angry MPs had erupted in the Commons earlier and accused the Prime Minister and scientists of pushing Britain to an impasse except nominally.
Former Health Secretary Steve Brine raged: “At one stroke, the Chief Health Officer changed government policy and put this country – hospitality certainly – into an effective lockdown.” .
Tory MP Steve Baker said that while Mr Johnson did not close the pub “officially” the grim warnings had kept the hostilities public continuing amid a flood of cancellations.
On last night gloomy press conference “We are not shutting down hospitality, we are not canceling people’s parties or their ability to mingle,” the prime minister stressed.
But chief medical officer Professor Whitty has told people to “prioritize social interactions that are really important to them” to prevent Omicron’s detachment.
And this morning Health Secretary Gillian Keegan told revelers to sit “apart from each other” at the Christmas washbasins.
Health and Social Care Minister Sajid Javid said it was clear we had no time to waste with the new variant.
He explained that boosters are ‘important’ in strengthening our defenses against the virus.
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