Britain’s Covid epidemic grew by four percent last week. This was despite Omicron warnings that some cases are spiralling across the country.
Scientists at King’s College London estimated that 83,658 people had contracted the virus in the week ending December 4. This is slightly higher than the previous estimate of 80,483.
They predicted that infections are increasing among the under-55s but remain low for older people who have been given boosters. London, the South East and Wales — which have detected Omicron — saw cases rise.
The study’s leader, Professor Tim Spector warned that the NHS might be overwhelmed if Omicron case numbers continue to rise. According to Spector, the higher transmission rate even among those who have been vaccinated can lead to devastating effects and many people will continue dying each week in this second Christmas of the pandemic.
Britain has so far detected 568 Omicron cases. However, the number of Omicron infections may increase by as much as 80% every two to three weeks. Sajid Javid, Health Secretary has said they may reach one million cases by January.
Last night, Professor Chris Whitty spoke in the gloomy Downing Street press conferences that cases are rapidly increasing and could result in the country reaching’substantial numbers’. A spike in the number of cases has been detected in some areas in the UK.
Boris Johnson activated Plan B yesterday night, overriding the Omicron version. This means that people living in England will now be asked to work at home and wear masks in theatres and cinemas. Vaccine passports are also being brought in for major events.
After another 51,342 cases were discovered yesterday, Britain’s Daily Covid Cases rose 6.1% in one week.
King’s College London researchers estimated that 83.258 UK residents were at risk of contracting the virus last week. This is four percentage more than the time the week prior.
The report suggested that cases are rising in the 55-year-olds, but they remained low among older people who have received booster vaccinations.
These cases have been rising in London and the South East as well as Wales, according to them. These cases are still relatively low in the other age categories.