More than two million people were hit by Covid in the week to Christmas, new data has been revealed.
This is the highest number of people infected with the virus since 2020 and one in 25 people in the UK has contracted the virus.
Experts say most people who contract the Omicron variant, which now causes 90 per cent of cases in the UK, will experience more cold-like symptoms.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released this afternoon shows the highest infection rate ever witnessed in London.
It is thought that one in 15 people in the capital is infected with this bug.
The lowest rates were in the Northeast, where one in 45 people tested positive.
Sarah Crofts, Head of Analytical Outputs of the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: “Contagion levels continue to rise across the UK, with the UK rise largely attributed to London, where the rate of infection continues to rise. the highest infection rate in this survey.
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“Omicron is currently the dominant variant in both England and Scotland, and is growing rapidly in Northern Ireland and Wales.
“We have also seen increased infection rates across all age groups, with the highest rates being among school-age children and young adults.
“Data is changing rapidly and we continue to monitor the situation closely.”
The latest data from the ONS comes after the NHS revealed that Covid hospital admissions had increased by 50% in a week.
But about 33% of all Covid-positive people in the hospital were found to have the virus as a secondary problem.
That means, while cases and hospitalizations have increased, a large portion of them are not serious enough to require hospitalization but end up there for other reasons.
NHS England data shows that on 18 December there were 709 new Covid patients in hospital and by 26 December this had increased to 1,338.
But the figures also support expert studies that show Omicron is milder than other Covid variants, as so far only a small percentage need serious care.
The number of patients in critical wards in England increased by 17 in the week from December 21 and one more was recorded as needing a ventilator – although these numbers fluctuated over those seven days.
All hospital beds with Covid patients increased by 38% in the week to December 28, but again, this includes those who didn’t go to the hospital initially because of the virus.
This is Key Covid data will influence Boris Johnson’s decision on whether new year restrictions apply.
The level of infection in the UK has risen to record levels in recent weeks, but the Government has so far resisted any rules – trust boosters and regular testing.
But it is the hospitalizations and the rising rates that are the dire numbers that could send Britain down one way or another.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce next week if stricter measures will be put in place to combat the spread of Omicron after weighing new statistics.
Mr Johnson last night promised that the country would be in an “unmatched better” position it was in last year to fight Covid.
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