Horrifying prediction of 5,000 Omicron deaths a day unless restrictions tightened in ‘a week or two’


Coronavirus hospitalisations in one of the leading Omicron hotspots, London, have spiked by more than a third in a week – although they are rising from a small base with just 199 admitted on Tuesday

Shoppers, some wearing face coverings to combat the spread of the coronavirus walk along Oxford Street in central London
Shoppers, some wearing face coverings to combat the spread of the coronavirus walk along Oxford Street in central London

There could be as many as 5,000 Omicron-related deaths a day this winter unless more restrictions are put in place by the government, a leading expert dramatically warned on Friday.

It comes as the UK’s total number of daily Covid cases sky-rocketed to 93,045 – up 60% on last week – with London proving to be the hotspot for the Covid variant.

Around a quarter of cases recorded in the past 24 hours were in London, with the infection rate having risen fivefold since Omicron was first identified, reports the Daily Mail.

The new strain is expected to quickly become the dominant coronavirus strain in Britain, with just 3,201 new cases of Omicron officially registered today – but that figure is thought to be vastly underestimated due to the time it takes to analyse positive samples.

Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London

The total number of Omicron cases confirmed in the UK currently stands at 14,909, but experts believe up to 400,000 people could be catching it every day.

Professor Neil Ferguson and his team at Imperial College London predict there could be around 3,000 daily Omicron deaths a day in January without further restrictions.

The alarming figures, much higher than the previous record of around 1,800 deaths in one day during the second wave of the pandemic, have prompted calls for more curbs in the New Year.

The research also found no evidence that the variant was less severe than Delta – which has been the dominant strain in the UK up until now – and estimated it is five-and-a-half times more likely to re-infect people, concluding that Omicron “poses a major, imminent threat to public health”.

Pubs will be fearing any potential further curbs
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It comes as it was revealed that the UK’s eight worst Covid hotspots are now in London as Omicron rips through the capital.

Concerning data released today reveals an explosion of cases in London, where the variant has become the dominant strain.

Lambeth has the highest rate in the UK after the number of people testing positive grew by 131% in seven days.

It is closely followed by Wandsworth and Southwark, which saw an increase of 105% and 128% respectively.

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Thurrock, in Essex, has the highest rate outside of London, the data reveals.

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 241 (64%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 134 (36%) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.

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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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