The City of London has seen a surge in the number of Omicron cases, and many workers are returning to the Square Mile.

As the holiday season began, more staff were present at their desks than ever before during the pandemic.

This comes at a time when traffic data from the capital shows that rush hour traffic has soared past average levels pre-pandemic.

Mobility figures also showed that more people were driving or walking around the city this year than ever before.

More staff were at their desks last week than at any point during the pandemic as the festive party season kicked off (file photo)

As the party season began, staff spent more time at work last week than any other point in the pandemic (file photograph).

London’s City of London has 540,000 employees. This week, almost 80 percent of employees were present at work.

Bloomsburg’s Google data shows that the District saw more people return to work on Thursday and Tuesday than any other day since Covid was struck in March 2020.

This is despite the surging Omicron variant of coroanvirus, with 246 official cases in the UK so far.

Bars and restaurants filled with revelers last week may be attributable to Christmas parties.

Many are abandoning plans because of fears about the new strain. The government is closely monitoring this situation.

According to data, Britain reported Monday 51,459 more cases of Covid-19, and 41 additional deaths in the 28-day period following a positive test.

This compares to the 54 deaths and 43,992 cases reported one day prior.

The Health Security Agency of Britain reported that 90 cases were found of Omicron COVID-19. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 336.

TomTom traffic data revealed that London, in general, was very busy last week as it prepares to celebrate the holiday season.

On Tuesday, congestion was at 79% in rush hour, as compared with 67% before the pandemic.

This was compared to 67% pre-Covid-19.

The Thursday figure was high at 73%, compared to 65% two years ago. Friday’s number dropped to 51% as more people worked remotely.

Apple’s mobility data also indicated that Londoners are bouncing back after the pandemic, and moving out.

The November and December figures have risen compared with earlier this year and last.

The transit sector is on the rise by 47%, while walking grew by 31% and drivers jumped by 15%.

Only a fraction of the graph reached above zero in July as the country opened its doors again. Since then, it has not fallen below zero.

LONDON: Pictured are the congestion rates in the capital over the last seven days from TomTom data

LONDON – These congestion rates are based upon TomTom data and were taken in London during the seven previous days.

LONDON: Pictured is the congestion rate across London during the last 48 hours

LONDON: This is London’s congestion rate for the past 48 hours

LONDON: The daily and weekly congestion level for the past year in the city are pictured

LONDON: These are the daily and weekly congestion levels for London over the last year.

LONDON: Pictured are the mobility trends for walkers, drivers and those in transit for 2021

LONDON: These are the 2021 mobility trends for drivers, walkers and transit users.

However, Britain’s opening has not been without warning signs. There are high incidences and reports that people have failed to follow restrictions.

On Thursday Transport for London revealed it fined more than 150 passengers for not wearing a mask on the first day new Covid laws came into effect.

On Tuesday, staff distributed 152 fixed penalty notices across the services of its capital headquarters to customers.

A reminder was also sent to more than 5,000 individuals to use face masks when riding on Tubes and buses or DLRs.

Meanwhile over 100 passengers had to be booted off TfL services and a further 127 were stopped from getting on.

TfL published Tuesday’s numbers for the fines imposed on those who used its services in capital, on Thursday morning.

This showed that staff had to give 152 fixed penalties notices to those who didn’t comply with the new rules.

It means they have been charged £200 – reduced to £100 if paid in 14 days – which doubles each time someone is caught to a maximum of £6,400.

TfL called it ‘customer interventions’. 5.101 were then told to use a mask.

Many customers refused to use one and as many as 125 were removed from services. 127 people could not get on.

TfL had previously made it a policy that riders should cover their faces before Tuesday. However, the new government laws mean people could be charged for doing so.

Staff dished out 152 fixed penalty notices to customers across its services in the capital on Tuesday. Pictured: The Tube last week

The staff handed out 152 fixed penalties notices Tuesday to its customers in all of the services it provides in the capital. Image: Tube, last week

They also had to remind more than 5,000 people to don face coverings on its Tubes, buses, rail, DLR and trams. Pictured: The Tube last week

A reminder was also sent to more than 5,000 passengers to wear face covers on the Tube, bus, DLR, and trams. Pictured last week: Tube

It comes as Downing Street confirmed it is intending to hold its own Christmas party this month after Boris Johnson refused to rule out tougher Covid curbs.

The PM dodged when he was asked if he was certain the alarming spread of the Omicron variant would not require harsher restrictions, as he just insisted this Christmas will be ‘better’ than last year.

 ‘This Christmas will be considerably better than last Christmas,’ he said during a visit to Merseyside. 

Dec 18th will see the review of tighter regulations on self-isolation, masks, and other restrictions. People might not be aware until about a week prior to Christmas Day exactly what limitations they are facing. 

Despite the uncertainty, Number 10 said at lunchtime that it is planning a Christmas party for staff, with the PM’s Official Spokesman telling reporters: ‘We haven’t confirmed any dates at the moment. It is possible to plan a Christmas party for this year, I believe.

Whitehall sources suggest that there are little chances of the restrictions being lifted before the new year, while scientists assess the severity of the variant’s threat.   

Downing Street has confirmed it is intending to hold its own Christmas party later this month after Boris Johnson this morning refused to rule out tougher Covid curbs over the festive period

After Boris Johnson refused to exclude tougher Covid restrictions over Christmas, Downing Street confirmed that it will host its own party this month.

There are warnings today that the incoming Omicron wave could be as bad or worse for the NHS than the second coronavirus peak last winter even if the super-mutant variant is weaker than its predecessors.

The highly evolved variant, which is a combination of increased infectiousness, vaccine resistance and antibody escape has been shown to be three-and-a half times more likely that Delta. This according to real world data

According to Professor Paul Hunter (an epidemiologist at University of East Anglia), there have only been 246 Omicron cases in the UK. However, it is likely that more than one thousand Omicron cases are already confirmed.

Based on the rapid pace at which it outpaces Delta, Professor Hunter stated that he expects it to be the dominant variety ‘probably within weeks or a monthly’.