Covid cases soar by 59,000 in worst day for new infections over 24 hours since JANUARY

The latest coronavirus figures make for more grim reading and Omicron has now become dominant in London just two weeks after the variant was first detected, health chiefs have revealed

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The number of new Covid cases is now nearing 60,000 a day with 150 new deaths reported, government data has revealed.

The latest figures show that confirmed coronavirus infections have increased by 59,610 over the past 24 hours, with a further 793 hospitalisations.

It is the highest rise in cases – by date reported – since early January, although there was a higher day in July when judging specimen date (the day the test was actually performed).

The current overall record for infections over 24 hours – by specimen date – is January 8 2021 with 68,000.

The near-60,000 new infections recorded today is an increase of 12.1% from the past seven days.

It was today confirmed that infections have increased by 59,610



A further 150 people have died within 28 days of a positive test, which is a 6.5% decrease compared to last Tuesday.

It comes as data shows Omicron has now become dominant in London just two weeks after it was first detected, health chiefs revealed today.

Hospitalisations in the city have risen 50 per cent to 140 admissions a day on average, the stats show.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London’s director of public health, believes data shows the super-strain is behind at least one in every two new infections.

It now appears the current wave will result in a far higher peak amid warnings that Omicron cases could reach one million a day.

NHS England have scrapped the 15-minute wait for patients after they’ve have their Pfizer Covid jabbed to speed up the booster programme.

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They have done away with the quarter-of-an-hour sit-down so more doses can be administered.

But today’s stats arrive after it emerged no PCR Covid test slots are left in areas of England today.

Hertfordshire, Suffolk, the Isle of Wight, Bristol, and Mendip currently have no PCR tests – the gold standard of coronavirus tests – available to the general public at walk-in and drive-in test sites.

The governments booking site previously said there are “none available” at every region in England while some slots are still available at sites in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The site has since been updated with most areas having slots available again.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a “tidal wave” of cases about to hit the country



Meanwhile, a decision on whether to vaccinate children as young as five could come in the next 10 days, the head of the UK’s vaccine advisory group has said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “tidal wave” of cases across the country.

The first UK cases of Omicron were only confirmed on November 27 and the speed of its spread has alarmed ministers and prompted a dramatic acceleration of the booster jab programme.

Mr Johnson said on Monday: “We can see Omicron spiking now in London and some other parts of the country.

“Here, in the capital, it probably represents about 40% of the cases. By tomorrow, it will be the majority of the cases and it’s increasing the whole time.”

The UK Health Security Agency has previously projected that Omicron could become the dominant variant across the country by the middle of the month.”

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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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