The UK’s daily Covid cases fell for the second day in a row as 179,756 new infections were recorded today.
While the numbers remain high, the drop is a promising sign – especially after a record number of more than 200,000 earlier in the week.
A series of extremely positive studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains, with a 50 to 70% lower risk of hospitalization than Delta when immunized.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against the variant and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The number of positive cases today is five percent less than last Thursday, the first weekly decline in a month.
Another 231 people have sadly lost their lives fighting the virus in the last 24 hours.
Dr Claire Steves, a reader at King’s College London working with the ZOE Covid Research App, said: “Omicron appeared to be more successful in infecting previously vaccinated people but fortunately was not. necessarily hospitalized.
“So if you’ve only had two doses of the vaccine to date and are eligible for a third, please book now.”
New data from London shows a drop in hospital admissions, after Omicron epidemic broke out in the capital before Christmas.
On January 4, there were 367 hospitalized patients, down from 401 the day before.
By this time last week, 456 people had been hospitalized in London – raising hopes that the situation would change.
People in wards in the capital also decreased slightly, with 4,053 people hospitalized today compared with 4,074 yesterday.
Dr Steves added: “We can see that cases have actually decreased over the past week despite the New Year’s celebrations and now hospital admissions appear to be stabilizing, at least. now.
“London seems to be mirroring the South African data, going uphill and down sharply.”
However, as Omicron approaches all corners of the UK, the overall picture at hospitals becomes more tense – with a total of 17,988 people hospitalized with Covid as of January 5.
This is up 50% from last week and is the highest number since last February.
It comes as the Prime Minister today criticized the “tragedy” of anti-vaxxers “mumbo jumbo” spreading “nonsense” online – as he warned the NHS is under “enormous” pressure.
Boris Johnson insists ministers are doing everything they can to ensure that those most likely to contract the disease are being vaccinated, as he again urged people to come forward and inject now.
In the main developments:
- The Prime Minister visited a vaccination center as he urged people to strengthen their health
- Pre-departure testing and PCR for travel has gone wrong in a boost to the holiday
- Grant Shapps said ALL travel tests could soon be scrapped in a win for holidaymakers
He stressed Britain would “get through this wave” but warned “the pressure on hospitals is clear – we must give the health service all the help we can in the coming period.” “.
While infections hit 194,000 yesterday, ministers were encouraged by growing evidence that Omicron was much milder than earlier strains.
They are also throwing kitchen sinks into the booster program, which The Sun’s Jab’s Army campaign is helping to supercharge.
Thanks to the increased deployment, the Prime Minister said the country would be in a stronger position to fight Omicron when the Plan B measures expire in three weeks.
Dr Steves’ expert advised caution over the next few weeks, warning the NHS was “under tremendous pressure” with the rest of the month set to be a “trial”.
Several trusts have declared “serious incidents” amid staff shortages and full beds.
Dr Steves said that while the number of cases is starting to slow on a positive note, the return of children to school is likely to rise again.
But if everyone who is eligible gets boosters, wears masks, gets tests, and records any new symptoms, that would be a huge help to stop the spread, she added.
The ZOE study reveals 20 most common Omicron symptoms to search for today.
The most reported symptoms of the mutant variant came from the British, who were hit with this bug.
They documented what they experienced in the ZOE Covid Study – with the top 5 remaining being runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and sore throat.
But other symptoms in the top 20 include a hoarse voice, chills or shivers, brain fog, feeling dizzy, skipping meals and feeling depressed.
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