DAILY Covid cases fell for a Saturday as health bosses suggested the worst of Omicron was coming to an end.
Infections reduced by 1/3 – reduced in a week compared to 194,747 to 129,587.
And the number of desperate patients in need of breathing support in the intensive care unit fell to 672, the lowest level since mid-October.
Matthew Taylor, boss of NHS Confederation, said some areas may still be affected but the country will soon experience the worst. He added: “Unless things change suddenly, we are near a national peak in the number of Covid patients hospitalized. This is an important moment. ”
Dr Richard Cree, an intensive care physician in Middlesbrough, said: “Admissions are not as high as I feared.
“It’s becoming more and more likely that we can move beyond the Omicron wave.”
Office for National Statistics data showed infections in the UK last week rose to a record 4.3 million.
But the rate of increase is slowing and they are decreasing in London. There are 16,881 Covid patients in the hospital, less than half of last year’s January peak.
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The ONS report also found UK infections increased by just 15% in the first week of January, compared with a spike of 64% at the end of December.
The number of deaths caused by Covid yesterday increased by fifth from last week with 398 new deaths reported.
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