Last Sunday the Department of Health reported 141,472 new infections and 97 deaths, while a fortnight ago there were 137,583 cases and 73 fatalities
A further 70,924 Covid-19 cases were logged in the past 24 hours – a 49 per cent decrease from last week.
Deaths have also dropped from last Sunday as 88 were recorded in the past 24 hours.
Last Sunday the Department of Health reported 141,472 new infections and 97 deaths, while a fortnight ago there were 137,583 cases and 73 fatalities.
Case numbers have fallen dramatically in recent days, but the number of lives lost has climbed.
Daily confirmed cases dropped below 100,000 for the first time since December 19 in the past two days, raising hopes that the latest Omicron wave has now peaked across the UK.
Yesterday there were 81,713 cases and 287 deaths.
It comes amid reports that the government’s plan B could be scrapped from January 26 – meaning staff are no longer required to work from home and Covid passports are no longer compulsory for nightclubs and large gatherings.
Boris Johnson is reportedly preparing for an announcement within days as he desperately tries to move on from the Downing Street parties scandal and Tory calls for him to quit. The PM has reportedly prepared ‘Operation Big Dog’ to sack senior aides to save his own skin in a ‘Night of the Long Scapegoats’.
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said “we hope” Plan B measures can end as “we don’t want any more restrictions or measures than are absolutely necessary.
But the Labour MP warned the PM must not be driven by “needing to throw some read meat to backbenchers” in a bid to “move on” from lockdown-busting No10 parties.
Party-loving PM Boris Johnson faces calls to quit over the string of gatherings held at Downing Street while millions of Brits stuck to Covid rules.
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Tory Party chairman Oliver Dowden rejected calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation, but said he must address the culture within his government that resulted in multiple staff gatherings.
This week Downing Street apologised to the Queen for partying the night before Prince Philip’s funeral, when staff reportedly brought a suitcase full of alcohol to a leaving do.
“We need to find out the facts and then the Prime Minister needs to respond effectively and to address the culture in Downing Street,” Mr Dowden told Sky News.
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer accused Johnson of breaking the law, and of lying to parliament when first challenged about the reports of parties.
He said the public could no longer take the PM seriously when it came to the pandemic response.
“I think he broke the law. I think he’s as good as admitted that he broke the law,” Starmer told the BBC, citing Johnson’s apology to parliament for attending one such event.
“I think he then lied about what had happened.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.