UK Covid cases breach 200,000 for first time but will ‘start to drop next week’

DAILY Covid cases rise by more than 200,000 in the UK for the first time ever – but one expert says they will start to fall next week.

In the last 24 hours, 48 ​​new deaths were reported, with 218,724 more cases than yesterday.


UK covid cases have been at a record high for the past two weeks as Omicron spreads


UK covid cases have been at a record high for the past two weeks as Omicron spreads

Today’s data is inflated as it includes additional unreported cases and deaths from Northern Ireland and Wales, due to the bank holiday.

Professor Neil Ferguson said he thinks cases will start to decline over the next week, following the upward momentum.

While infections have increased rapidly in the past weeks, a string of active research showed that Omicron was milder than other strains, with data showing that the risk of hospitalization was 50 to 70% lower than Delta.

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.

This morning, Professor Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think I cautiously optimistic that the infection rate in London within that critical age range of 18 to 50 – which led to the Omicron epidemic – may have dropped.

“It’s too early to say if they’ll decrease, but I think … this epidemic has spread so quickly in that group that it hasn’t had time to really spread to the older age groups who have much higher risk. severe outcomes and hospitalizations, so we may see a different pattern of hospitalizations.

“Overall hospitalizations are still growing nationally and we could see highs for a number of weeks.

“I would say that, with an epidemic spreading so quickly and reaching such high numbers, it cannot sustain those numbers forever, so we expect to see the number of cases start to decline. next week, may have arrived in London, but in other areas from a week to three weeks.

“Whether they drop dramatically after that, or we see a pattern like we saw with Delta back in July of an initial drop and then a fairly high plateau, remains to be seen. see.

“It is too difficult to explain the current mixing trends and what the impact of the reopening will be.”

Almost 29 million people have been given booster shots in the UK, including more than 260,000 who received a “boost” on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and January 2.

But the NHS says there are still plenty of appointments for those who can’t go on yet, perhaps because they may already have Covid.

As of this morning, there are almost 300,000 seats still available for tomorrow, with 175,000 already booked and another 330,000 up for grabs on Thursday.

The Prime Minister called it “completely insane” that the thousands of booster slots had not yet been caught up by Brits, warning that 90% of people in the ICU did not have their refill dose.

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During a No 10 press conference on the latest Omicron data, Professor Sir Chris Whitty revealed in the week before Christmas one in 24 people have Covid in the UK – around two million.

He said just under 15,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid, but added that the death rate has not increased with this variant.

Boris Johnson told the nation that “Omicron is milder” with increased protection, but added: “Previous waves of pandemic have not had a day without more than 100k a day reported.

“Today’s latest toll is another 218,000 – so anyone who thinks our battle with Covid is over is deeply mistaken. This is a time of extreme caution.”

But the Prime Minister struck a hopeful tone when he said “we have a chance to get through this wave of Omicrons without having to shut down our country again” thanks to boosters – as he called for people use them.

Yesterday a vaccination chief gave Brits another shot in the arm – as he said The worst days of the Covid crisis are “completely behind us”.

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said that society must soon fully reopen.

Meanwhile, hospital admission rates eventually fell in London for the first time since the mutation emerged.

And a leading expert says she believes Life can return to normal in as little as 60 days when cases peak.

We have to be open – we can’t hit the whole planet every 6 months, says UK vaccine boss UK Covid cases breach 200,000 for first time but will ‘start to drop next week’


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