Figures from the latest 24-hour period show the UK’s daily Covid case count is a huge 157,758 – much higher than last Monday’s figure – while the death toll has risen by 42
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The UK’s daily Covid cases have increased by 157,758 – a rise of 45 per cent in just one week.
Despite still being worryingly high, the infection rate has continued to drop since the New Year’s Eve peak when it hit almost 190,000.
The latest official figures, released by the government this afternoon, compare to last Monday’s count of 109,077.
Deaths recorded within 28 days of infection, meanwhile, are 42 – a significant drop on seven days ago when there were 143.
It comes as free NHS Covid tests provided by the Government are being sold online for as much as £100 amid a colossal shortage.
Thousands of Brits have struggled to find rapid tests after the Christmas period as the nation prepares to return to work and school.
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Ministers have confirmed that every pupil will be tested at school before attending lessons.
Greedy vendors have been advertising NHS rapid tests online with hefty price tags.
The kits, free from the Government website, are being sold on Facebook, eBay and at independent auction houses.
It is claimed Downing Street is relying on lateral flow testing kits from China because British manufacturers have not been cleared for use in the UK.
Reports suggest that there is only one British manufacturer that has produced a rapid test which meets UK requirements.
This is despite millions of pounds being injected into creating a world-leading testing programme in the UK.
The Government refused to bring in restrictions for England during the festive period despite the rapid spread of the Omicron, and instead, people were urged to take a test before socialising.
The true impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant after the festive period is yet to be felt, and it is important to know what symptoms to look out for and when they can appear.
The most recent government update from December 31 shows there were nearly 250,000 Omicron Covid cases in the UK.
Experts across the world have identified eight symptoms of the variant, which don’t necessarily match up to the commonly-known Covid-19 symptoms of a dry cough, fever and loss of taste or smell.
Being aware of a newly scratchy throat or headache could help prevent the spread of the variant.
Eight symptoms have been identified as being telltale signs you might have picked up the variant: a scratchy throat, runny nose, fatigue, sneezing, lower back pain, headache, night sweats and muscle aches.