According to official Government data, the Covid caseload in Britain continues to rise. Today there are more than 53,000 cases.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data shows there were 53,945 positive tests in the last 24 hours, up 14.2 per cent on the 47,240 recorded last Thursday.

The number of cases increased for the second straight day, and it was only the second occasion in more than one month that cases crossed the 50,000 threshold.

But the number of people dying with the virus fell to 141, down 4.1 per cent on the 147 fatalities recorded last week.

And hospitalisations also fell, with 700 admissions recorded on Sunday, the latest date data is available for. It was down six per cent on the 745 seen the previous week.

Separate data today from a surveillance survey showed that the number of symptomatic Covid patients in the UK increased by almost five percent to over 80,000 each day last week.

Based on the test results of around 650,000 volunteers, ZOE’s symptom-tracking survey estimated that 80.483 people became ill during week ending November 27.

It marked a rise of 4.9 per cent compared to the estimate on the previous week and means one in 61 Britons suffered a symptomatic infection at any given time, King’s College London scientists who run the study said. 

But infections started to fall in the over-55s, in a clear sign of the effect of booster vaccine doses — with more than 19million people now having had a third dose according to Government data. 

No10 unveiled its new scheme to vaccinate all over-18s by the end of January on Tuesday, with the UK today buying 114million more doses in an effort to stop the spread of the new supermutant Omicron variant.

The ZOE symptom-tracking study estimated that 80,483 people fell ill on any given day in the week ending November 27, based on test results from around 650,000 volunteers

Based on the test results of around 650,000 volunteers, ZOE’s symptom-tracking survey estimated that 80.483 people became ill during week ending November 27.

Boris says that Christmas bookings should not be postponed 

Boris Johnson, now in the British House of Commons has urged Britons to not cancel their Christmas celebrations after his government’s confused messaging caused a flood of cancellations. A super-preader event was held in Norway that infected as many as 60 of the 120 people who were infected by Omicron.

Sky News sat down with the Prime Minister to receive his booster shot. He then stated that there were no reasons for Britons not to stick with their original plans.

He stated that people should adhere to the guidelines we have given. They shouldn’t cancel things. There is no reason to do that and it doesn’t support what we are saying. In all situations, the most important thing is to make sure you have your booster available when it’s ready.

Today, Mr Johnson’s minister of business plunged the Christmas party plans for millions more Britons into chaos by declaring that it was’sensible to limit them to four or five staff or to eliminate them entirely.

George Freeman, Under Secretary of Science for Science also disclosed that he had cancelled his own department’s bash and changed it to drinks on Zoom amid concern over Omicron.

Hours later, No.10 urged companies not to cancel Christmas parties. It also stated that anyone can get in a kiss with whomever they wish after another minister discouraged’snogging underneath the mistletoe’ during this holiday period.

Sky News’ latest intervention by Johnson will be viewed as an attempt at clarity. It comes after hotel bosses claimed that the ministers’ confusing and muddled advice caused a ‘catastrophic 48-hour period for the sector.

Coronavirus chaos continues another day

  • Data revealed OmicronDelta was beaten by the variant, making it now the dominant strain. South Africa in just a week;
  • Scientists believe that they are able to solve the mysterious Oxford-AstraZeneca blood clots. 
  • Britain’s medicine watchdog has approved the approval of a second Covid drug. The UK Government has requested 100,000 doses.
  • Boris Johnson was given his coronavirus booster shots. He stated that the country is “building ever higher the wall to protect against Omicron variant.”
  • The Prime Minister urged urged Britons not to call off their Christmas parties after his government’s muddled messaging sparked a wave of festive cancellations and a super-spreader event in Norway infected up to 60 people out of 120 with Omicron. 

The UKHSA data shows some 407,851 people received their booster dose yesterday — a rate still short of the NHS’s target of 500,000 a day, which is needed to reach all adults by the end of next month.

Another 26,028 received their first dose of vaccines, and 32,356 were given a second. 

ZOE epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector said that Omicron has “rudely awakened the UK” to the pandemic. Spector encouraged people to track their symptoms and help to monitor the strain. 

According to him, “Omicron rudely awoke many countries including the UK from their slumber over Covid.” 

Although we have more data needed to determine the risk this variant poses, I urge the public to not panic. However, it is important that everyone be more vigilant. 

“Getting your third vaccination, covering up with a face mask, staying away from large indoor crowds and remaining home when you have symptoms similar to colds are all ways to reduce the spread. 

“The ZOE Covid Study will be a key tool in fighting this variant. 

“We require everyone to log their symptoms, tests results, and vaccinations into the app in order to rapidly understand the new variant and aid the rest of the world. 

The figures show cases are highest in children aged under 18, who are seeing more than 32,000 symptomatic infections per day — although the numbers have fallen over the week.

The figures show cases are highest in children aged under 18, who are seeing more than 32,000 symptomatic infections per day — although the numbers have fallen over the week.

Covid was most prevalent in the East Midlands, East of England and South East, where one in 57 people were infected per day during the week

Covid was the most common in the East Midlands and East of England, as well as the South East. One in every 57 people infected during the week with the disease.

Ministers are ready to vacinate 5- to 11-year olds against Covid 

The UK will soon begin to administer Covid vaccines in primary schools amid concerns about the Omicron wave.

Ministers asked Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientist at the Institute of Vaccines and Chris Whitty for their opinion on this move.

Sky News’ George Freeman told Sky News that he is a Minister for Business. He said: We’re looking into the science of this and the balance in the rollout.

Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance are our chief scientists and we’re relying on their guidance.

He stated that the primary goal was to protect older adults from Omicron, which could be spread throughout the UK. 

He added that while the current data suggest that young children may be less at risk, the science is constantly changing and so we remain ready to respond. That’s partly why we procured vaccines, in order to ensure that our citizens can get the care they need.

The study estimated the R rate — the average number of people an infected person will pass the virus onto — is around 1.0 for the whole of the UK.

Figures show cases are highest in children aged under 18, who are seeing more than 32,000 symptomatic infections per day — although the numbers have fallen over the week.

People aged 75 years and older have the lowest levels of illness with less than 1000 cases per day. 

Covid was more common in East Midlands, East of England, and South East where 1 in 57 were infected each day.

London and the North West had the lowest rates with one in 68 people falling ill with the virus during the week.  

Data from the Government showed that 393,000 adults had received their third booster dose of vaccines yesterday. That brings the total vaccination rate to 18.6million.

30500 people received the first jab, and 32,000 got their second. 

Pfizer boss Dr Albert Bourla today said Britons could need a Covid vaccine every year to maintain its ‘very high’ levels of protection. 

In an interview, Dr Bourla from the UK’s leading vaccine supplier suggested that additional jabs might be required for many years.

Pfizer had already developed a tweaked version of the jab that would fight Omicron, and it may work better than any other vaccine-induced immune system.

After purchasing another 114million Covid vaccines which were potentially modified to prevent variants, the UK made this announcement.

Ministers have agreed to increase the country’s immune system for the next two winters, according to the deal.

According to Dr Bourla, the BBC was informed by him that annual vaccines…are likely to be required to protect against a strong and high degree of infection.