The UK has recorded a further 42,583 cases in the past 24 hours, with an additional 35 deaths reported – a 5.19% decrease on the number of infections reported last Monday
The UK has recorded a further 42,583 cases in the past 24 hours as concerns over the Omicron variant grow.
The Department of Health also confirmed today that 35 more deaths have been reported.
On Monday last week, the Government logged 44,917 active Covid cases and 45 fatalities.
This means today’s case data is a 5.19% decrease compared to last Monday, deaths fell by 22%.
The previous Monday, November 15, 39,705 Covid-19 infections were announced, with 47 new deaths.
It was a surge of 23% in a week for the number of cases, although deaths dropped by almost a fifth.
And the Monday before that, November 8, cases increased by 32,322, while fatalities were up by 57.
Yesterday’s update from the Department of Health showed a further 37,681 recorded infections in the 24 hour period.
The figures come as scientists probe 75 possible cases of the Omicron variant in the UK, with serious concern there could be hundreds more.
Seventy-five “probable” cases have been flagged to government scientists who are also looking into 150 possible other cases that could all be the new Omicron variant, according to government sources the Sun reported.
This comes as the UK Health Security Agency has warned it is “very likely” that more cases will be discovered in the UK in coming days.
So far, 11 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in the UK.
Three outbreaks in England have been located in Nottingham, Brentwood Essex, and in Westminster where the person is no longer in the UK.
In addition to the three already known in England, six cases were confirmed in Scotland this morning.
Earlier today, it was announced that two more cases had been detected, one in Camden, London and the other in Wandsworth, also in the capital.
Both patients have travel links to southern Africa, health officials said on Monday.
The Scottish government said earlier on Monday it had detected six cases and health officials in England had previously announced three positive tests for Omicron over the weekend, taking the total in the United Kingdom currently to 11 cases.
The individuals that have tested positive are not connected to each other and are not linked to the previously confirmed cases.
One case is located in Camden, London, and the other case is located in Wandsworth, London. Both have travel links to southern Africa.
The individuals and their households have been told to self-isolate. UKHSA is carrying out targeted testing at locations where the positive cases were likely to be infectious.
There are concerns the new variant will spread more rapidly than before, and could even evade vaccines.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.