GRAPHS shows how Omicron is driving the fastest Covid rate ever in London.
The stress, overload now accounts for more cases than Delta, despite being first detected only three weeks ago.
A chart compiled by Oliver Johnson, Professor of Information Theory at the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, plots the Covid cases reported by London into a graph.
Publish it on Twitter, he said “because we know that omicrons are growing at a similar rate in most areas, with many places about a week behind London..
“It might be prudent to imagine, then, that the next few positions on this list could also see strong growth in cases over the coming week.”
Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist, commented: “The cases in London are actually increasing faster than we’ve seen before” – even in the first wave.
He leads the ZOE Covid Symptom Research app, which tracks virus cases across millions of app users.
Graphs from the study show the increase in Covid cases is much larger than in any other region in the UK – although the Midlands and South East have the most active cases currently.
Prof Spector told BBC Radio 4’s Today’s Today programme: “In London, where Covid is rapidly increasing, it is more likely to be Covid than cold.
“We’re seeing numbers double what’s seen elsewhere, every two and a half days, and that really means the numbers are going up.
“If we look at our regional chart we see London is accelerating more than we have seen since the first wave and this now means that Omicron is already the dominant variant. .
“We’re going to hit 100% soon, so it’s happening in just a few days – that’s why so many people are facing infections.”
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Data from the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) relevant to December 10 reports that 40% of cases in London are caused by Omicron.
But now, it makes up for at least one of two Covid infections.
London’s director of public health, Professor Kevin Fenton told Evening Standard: “Our latest interim data tracking shows that over 50% of cases submitted for further analysis in London are now Omicrons, replacing Delta as the dominant variant.”
He added how important it is “that Londoners receive adequate vaccination“With all the dosages for which they are qualified.
“I would like to thank the people of London for their tremendous response over the past few days in continuing to get vaccines and protecting themselves and their communities. As a city, we can do this,” said Mr. Fenton.
Areas of London have the lowest absorption of the Covid vaccine.
While Britons are being urged to get a booster shot, millions in the capital have yet to even get a shot.
A third of Londoners are not vaccinated at all, data from NHS England shows.
And although there are more young people in the capital, vaccination rates are low across all age groups – and lowest compared to other regions – according to Time.
For example, 88% of people over the age of 90 are vaccinated, compared with 97% in the Southwest.
And even though that 88% had two doses of the vaccine, experts now want that two doses of the vaccine to be not strong enough for protection from Omicron.
Lower vaccination rates in London, where less than 6 out of 10 18-24 year olds are vaccinated, may have contributed to the sharp increase in cases as Omicron took hold.
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Parts of London are seeing their highest weekly increase in cases, according to data from the Government’s coronavirus dashboard analyzed by PA.
The biggest jump in seven days was reported in Southwark, where cases increased from 436.5 to 747.1 per 100,000 people.
In second place is Hackney & City of London (388.5 to 667.7), then Lambeth (479.8 to 753.5), Islington (382.5 to 646.9) and Lewisham (479.5 to 753.5). 709.8).
It comes after Britain reported 59,610 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number since early January.
The number of new infections is the fifth highest recorded since the pandemic broke out in March last year.
The figures also show that there have been 150 deaths within 28 days of testing positive.
Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Service, described the Omicron coronavirus variant as “the most significant threat we have faced since the start of the pandemic”.
She told the Commons Transport Select Committee today that it appears to be getting faster again.
Dr Harries told MPs: “The difficulty is the growth of this virus, it has a shortening time of replication – ie it doubles faster, it grows faster.
“In most areas of the UK, the time is under two days. When it started, we estimated about four or five.
“So if you think about that growth rate right across the UK, and we’re starting to see it and feel it now, especially in London, but yesterday especially around Manchester, and we’re pretty sure there’s growth across most UK communities now, although there’s still quite a bit of regional variation. “
She added: “There is a real risk here – and I stress that because we are still learning so much about it. variant – in relation to its severity, its clinical severity, and therefore whether those cases translate into severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
“We’re still too early for that, in fact, the world is probably still too early to be clear.”
Meanwhile, Plan C is said to have been drawn up by the heads of Government in an attempt to slow the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.
It will see the reintroduction of Covid rules like waitressing in pubs and restaurants and vaccine passports in smaller venues.
Under Plan C, punters will have to register with the NHS Covid app to dine and enjoy drinks.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4275523/omicron-fuelling-fastest-covid-spread-london-graphs/ Grim chart shows Omicron driving ‘fastest-ever Covid acceleration in London’