DAILY Covid cases hit a record high today – with another 129,471 people testing positive.
But the number of coronavirus-related deaths has dropped, with 18 deaths recorded in the UK.
Despite the high number of positive tests – believed to be 90% Omicron – hospital admissions remain low and the NHS is not in crisis.
It comes as a chain extremely active research showed that Omicron IS was milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalization as 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 vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
The total number of Covid cases recorded in the UK is now 12,339,462, with 148,021 deaths.
In three days over the Christmas period, cases increased by more than 320,000 won.
The update on infection rates comes after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there were an additional 17,269 confirmed cases that Omicron had reported across the UK.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the variant in England to 177,201 although no cases have been reported in Scotland or Wales as of December 23.
The UK death toll with the Omicron variant has risen to 49, according to UKHSA.
The number of people hospitalized in the UK for people with confirmed or suspected Omicron has risen to 668.
The Omicron infection continued to spread – but scientists had hoped that this variant would not be as deadly as the earlier ones.
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Today, a leading doctor said that mass deaths and hospitalizations have ended due to the success of jabs implementation.
Professor Sir John Bell support Boris Johnson’s decision to save New Year’s Eve and introduce NO new lockdown rule yesterday.
Professor Regius of Medicine at the University of Oxford said last year’s “horrifying scenes” in hospitals where thousands suffered painful deaths from Covid-19 would be a thing of the past.
Sir John says UK vaccine drive is responsible for keeping hospitalizations and deaths low – as latest analysis shows enrollment OFF more than 50% in a week.
In other Covid-19 news:
- Playboys danced in the streets and hit pubs and clubs after no new limits were announced for New Year’s Eve;
- Covid restrictions probably won’t be introduced in the new year after the Health Minister praised the enhanced absorption;
- Sajid Javid said New Year’s Eve revelers should take the party flow test and celebrate outside;
- Professor Neil Ferguson has admitted he has “simplified things” with his predictions of the Covid apocalypse;
- Hotel owner praising Boris Johnson for saving New Year’s Eve – their busiest night of the year.
Figures released by the NHS today show a total of 9,546 people being hospitalized in the UK with Covid-19 as of 8am on 28 December.
This is up 38% from a week earlier and is the highest number since March 3.
A total of 8,474 people were hospitalized with coronavirus yesterday.
The highest daily cases recorded in 2020 were on December 29, when 81,472 people tested positive.
The UK’s bloodiest day was on January 19 – which saw 1,359 people lose their lives.
There are now 842 patients hospitalized on ventilators – the lowest in two months – with a winter-induced increase as seen last year.
And the data also shows that a third of Covid patients in hospitals are actually being treated for something else.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus fell before Christmas – with 1,020 people being hospitalized on Christmas Eve compared to 1,252 the day before;
Mortality figures have also dropped, with 742 deaths reported in the past seven days – a drop of 5.6 per cent from the previous week.
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