UK Covid cases fall for second day in a row as experts warn infection rates rising


Yesterday the UK became the first country in Europe to record 150,000 Covid deaths, and just the seventh in the world after the USA, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and Peru.

The UK yesterday became the first European country to record 150,000 Covid deaths
The UK yesterday became the first European country to record 150,000 Covid deaths

The number of Covid cases has fallen for the second day in a row, with 141,472 new cases confirmed in 24 hours.

Tragically, a further 97 lives have been lost to the virus, the Department of Health said this afternoon.

Experts warn that although figures seem to suggest the latest wave has peaked in London, cases are rising across the rest of England.

Today’s figure is a 178 per cent increase from the number of cases confirmed. a month ago, with more than 1.2 million cases confirmed in the past week.

A week ago the Government confirmed 137,583 cases and 73 deaths, while a month ago, on December 9, 50,867 people tested positive and there were 148 fatalities.

Yesterday the UK became the first country in Europe to record 150,000 Covid deaths, and just the seventh in the world after the USA, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and Peru.

Covid cases continue to rise as the Omicron variant rips through the UK
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The heartbreaking landmark was reached after 313 further lives were lost, the highest daily increase since February last year.

The surge in new cases has caused huge pressure on healthcare services, with an estimated 80,000 NHS workers currently said to be either isolating or unable to work due to illness.

On January 3 – the latest date for which data is available – 2,434 people were admitted to hospital with the virus.

This brings the seven day admission total to 15,812 – a week-on-week increase of more than 50 per cent.

So far, 25 NHS trusts have declared critical incidents, with bosses saying services were being overwhelmed by new patients.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said that health services are currently under “huge pressure”.

He wrote on Twitter : “Today’s peak is about expanding general and acute beds for large numbers of people with much milder disease symptoms.

“And there are significant numbers of people with incidental covid – in hospital WITH covid-19 as opposed to BECAUSE of it.

“But, remember, that to quote a senior NHS clinical leader this week “given the need to separate any patient with Covid-19 and the generally milder presentations, the actual operational consequences of incidental Covid-19 are effectively the same for hospitals as primary diagnosis Covid-19.”

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Earlier today, a Government minister rubbished reports that free lateral flow tests were set to be scrapped for most Brits.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the UK had been a “behemoth” of Covid testing and he was “puzzled” by claims free tests could be restricted to high-risk settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools.

The idea sparked an immediate backlash, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon branding it “utterly wrongheaded”.

Asked if universal free lateral flows would be scrapped, Mr Zahawi told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I saw that story this morning, which I was slightly puzzled by because I don’t recognise it at all.

“This is absolutely not where we are at.

“For January alone, 425 million lateral flow tests coming in and they will continue to be available for free.

“I don’t really recognise where that story is coming from.”

Pressed on whether there were plans to begin charging for lateral flow tests, he said: “Absolutely not”.

His denials come despite the Government’s Covid winter plan suggesting that people will eventually be charged for lateral flow tests.

The document, published back in September, states: “At a later stage, as the Government’s response to the virus changes, universal free provision of LFDs [lateral flow devices] will end, and individuals and businesses using the tests will bear the cost.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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