DAILY Covid cases have dropped 45% in a week as more signs the Omicron outbreak is breaking out.
The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) announced 120,821 more cases of infection this afternoon, compared to record high 218,724 reported seven days ago.
The January 4 data includes additional unreported cases and deaths from Northern Ireland and Wales over the bank’s New Year holiday.
However, today’s figures still mark a significant drop in the case of weekly numbers, suggesting the country may be past its peak.
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 additional vital vaccines in the UK’s arms to stem the need for any new restrictions and protect the NHS.
Last week Professor Neil Ferguson Cases are expected to begin to decline this week.
The number of infections has fallen steadily for five days since yesterday, when a slightly higher number was reported, possibly due to the effect of the weekend.
However, the death toll is on the rise – with about 379 deaths reported today compared with 49 last Tuesday.
The death toll in the past seven days (1,660) is 81% higher than last week.
Mortality rates and hospital admissions are always behind the spike in cases.
The number of deaths this winter has yet to reach the peak of previous waves, although the number of Omicron cases spiked during the festival period.
But today’s death toll is the highest since February 2021, as are hospital inpatients.
A total of 19,828 people have been hospitalized in the UK with Covid as of January 10, an increase of 21% in a week.
It is also just over half the peak recorded during the second coronavirus wave.
Enrollment is showing early signs of stabilizing, with a 3% weekly decline.
The NHS today announced that more than 30 million boosters have been reported in the UK.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy of the NHS COVID-19 Immunization Programme, said “nearly eight in 10 eligible adults” have now been boosted.
She said: “If you haven’t had your first, second, or booster dose, please continue…
“We know this provides the best protection from the coronavirus, and trusted healthcare professionals are available to answer any of your questions.”
A total of 149,495 booster and third doses of the Covid vaccine were recorded on Monday across the UK, new figures show.
More than 35.8 million boosters and third doses have now been delivered in the UK, with 1.4 million in the last seven days.
The Covid panel says 62.3% of all adults in the UK have now received a booster or third dose to save their life.
GO OUT OF THE GOAL
It comes as an expert has said that the UK is the closest of the countries in the Northern Hemisphere to escaping the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professor David Heymann, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), suggested in an online press conference Chatham House that the UK is seeing the disease become endemic.
“In general, right now, the countries we know best in the Northern Hemisphere all have different phases of the pandemic,” he said.
“And perhaps, in the UK, it’s the closest to any country to getting out of the pandemic if it hasn’t come out of the pandemic and has endemic disease like the other four coronaviruses.”
But while the numbers are falling, hospitals and emergency services have struggled with staff absenteeism and a rise in infections.
ONE number of trusts that have declared “serious incidents” amid a lack of staff and full beds.
However, ministers said they expected the phase to be short, with enough staff on hand.
A hospital trust in the southeast is the latest to postpone some non-emergency operations and redeploy staff due to pressure.
University hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) face “unprecedented delays” in patient discharges as well as large numbers of staff contracting the virus.
Boris Johnson stressed that everything possible is being done to ensure that those most likely to contract the disease are being vaccinated, as he once again urged people to come forward and inject now.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4440766/uk-covid-cases-fall-week-omicron/ UK Covid cases are down 45% from last week with 120,821 new cases reported