The UK’s daily Covid cases have dropped below 100,000 for the first time in three weeks.
Infections fell to 99,652 today, in a promising sign that the country is passing the peak of Omicron.
The last time the number was below 100,000 was on December 21, with 90,629 cases.
Infections then began to increase steadily over the next two weeks.
But in the last ten days, cases have been halved and reduced lot from record highs of more than 200,000 per day.
The number of deaths in the last 24 hours has also decreased today compared to yesterday.
Another 270 tragic deaths were reported this afternoon, with 335 recorded as of Thursday.
The number of hospital patients in the UK also fell for the fourth day in a row.
It comes as ministers in Wales said they would lift all social distancing rules by the end of the month.
It follows the release of documents by Sage today, which revealed new data showing Omicron has a 65% lower risk of fatality than Delta.
Patients hospitalized with this variant are also said to have a shorter hospital stay and are less likely to require oxygen or intensive care.
Yesterday, an expert hailed the UK as “on the other side” of the peak of Omicron.
Professor Tim Spector said: “From Zoe’s data, the Omicron peak disappeared, a few days ago.
“Across the country, we see declines in most areas, except perhaps the Northeast, but that is starting to slow.
“The Omicron wave has peaked and is going down so we’re on the other side, so that’s great – but of course we don’t know what the future holds.
“Hospitalizations, deaths and overall severity are looking better.”
A string of extremely active research showed Omicron to be milder than other strains in the vaccine, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalization as 50 to 70% lower than Delta.
The Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and give the best chance of passing Disease, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in British arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
Omicron is currently the dominant virus strain in the UK and most people who test positive for this variant develop cold-like symptoms.
The new rules now say anyone who tests positive on the right-hand flow records their results and isolates, and if they don’t have symptoms, they don’t need PCR.
If they have symptoms they still have to monitor the PCR, regardless of the LTF result.
It comes as Britons enjoy more freedoms in just 12 days with Boris Johnson poised to bypass Plan B restrictions.
The Prime Minister is expected to remove many of the curbs on our daily lives amid growing confidence the UK can weather the Omicron wave.
He will most likely end the work-from-home requirement and send the controversial vaccine passport in the trash.
Wearing a mask in public places is the only one of the three main Covid measures that can be maintained beyond the end of the month.
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