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Daily Covid infections drop to 109,133 as Sajid Javid praises drop in hospital cases

The UK saw another big drop in daily Covid cases today – with the number almost below 100,000.

Another 109,133 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, as hospitalization rates also began to decline.

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Cases have been steadily declining over the past week in the UK with the country'past its peak'

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Cases have been steadily declining over the past week in the UK with the country ‘past its peak’Credit: Reuters

It comes after Minister Heath Sajid Javid said “there are early signs that the rate of hospital admissions is starting to slow”.

He told Commons Today Omicron: “Given the disparity between infections and hospitalizations, the NHS will remain under considerable pressure over the next few weeks.

“It is encouraging, however, that in this wave we have not seen an increase in Covid-19 intensive care patients, and there are early signs that the hospitalization rate is starting to slow down.

“We know that Omicron is less serious. But no one should be under the illusion – it’s serious for anyone who ends up being hospitalized, and it’s more likely to happen if you don’t get the injection.”

The death toll is still higher than before, with 335 new deaths reported today, although this is lower than yesterday’s 398.

This does, however, fit the pattern of a Covid wave – a few weeks from high cases, some of the extra deaths will now more sadly catch up with those more severely affected with virus.

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

The Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and give the best chance of passing Disease, health officials have repeatedly said.

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

Today, the latest data from a Covid survey revealed The Omicron wave has peaked in the UK.

Professor Tim Spector said today: “From Zoe’s data, the Omicron peak disappeared, a few days ago.

“Across the country, we see declines in most areas, except perhaps the Northeast, but that is starting to slow.

“The Omicron wave has peaked and is going down so we’re on the other side, so that’s great – but of course we don’t know what the future holds.

It was also revealed that just under half of the patients with Covid in the hospital were being treated primarily for something else.

Of the 15,026 patients reported to have the virus on 11 January, 6,647 (44%) were not hospitalized with the virus, according to NHS England.

But while Covid patients are nowhere near the horrendous highs seen in wards this time last year, hospitals have been grappling with increased cases and staff absenteeism.

This has been the catalyst that sparked the reduction of the Covid isolation from seven days to five full days, which will go into effect on Monday.

Mr Javid told ministers that people who test positive in the UK could soon be quarantined after five days, with negative tests on days 5 and 6.

The medical directors had resisted doing this earlier, after having reduced isolation from ten to seven days just before Christmas.

But when new research showed the change would lead to only two more people in 100 leaving quarantine while still infectious, ministers changed their minds.

Nearly all Britons are now protected against Covid with a record 97.5% had antibodies against the virus.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the proportion of people with immunity has reached the peak of the pandemic.

And these antibodies – which seek out and destroy the virus if it enters the body – are helping to prevent the Omicron crisis.

They don’t prevent infection but do prevent most people from getting very sick or dying.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid gives Covid update and says ‘early signs that hospitalization rates are starting to slow’

https://www.the-sun.com/health/4456083/uk-covid-cases-omicron-hospitals/ Daily Covid infections drop to 109,133 as Sajid Javid praises drop in hospital cases

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