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The UK has hit a new daily record of Covid-19 cases with 189,846 reported in the latest 24-hour period, up more than 600 on the previous day.
Un autre 203 people have also died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
The latest official figures have come after a virologist predicted regular boosters may be needed to maintain sufficient levels of immunity to fight off Covid par 2022.
Professor Andrew Easton, of the University of Warwick, said while any new curbs to tackle the spread of the virus would likely be short-lived, the vaccine programme is probably here to stay.
Speaking to Sky News, il a dit: “I think it’s very likely the protection offered by boosters is going to be short lived. We’re in a situation now where getting regular vaccines will be what allows us to go about our normal lives.”
Ailleurs, an estimated 2.3 million people in the UK had Covid-19 in the week ending 23 décembre, à partir 1.4 million in the week to 1 décembre, which was the highest number since autumn 2020, the Office for National Statistics said.
UK Covid hospital admissions rise
Across the UK, there were 1,915 Covid-19 hospital admissions on 27 décembre, en haut 62 per cent week and the highest number since 8 février, according to government figures.
During the second wave, UK admissions peaked at 4,583 au 12 janvier.
Il y avait 11,918 people in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 on 29 décembre, en haut 44 per cent week on week and the highest number since 2 Mars.
The second-wave peak was 39,254 au 18 janvier.
Security at UK Covid testing centres being reviewed after anti-vaxxers storm facility
Security is being reviewed at Covid testing sites across the UK after anti-vaxxers stormed a drive-through facility in Milton Keynes, L'indépendant comprend.
Police are investigating Wednesday’s incident, which saw protesters call members of staff “murdering b******s” and “traitors”.
Our home affairs editor Lizzie Dearden has the full story:
Authorities looking at further measures after equipment vandalised and stolen by mob calling staff ‘traitors’
Covid hospitalisations in England up 68 pour cent
Un total de 12,395 people were in hospital in England with Covid-19 as of 8am on 31 décembre, according to figures from NHS England.
This is up 68 per cent from a week earlier and is the highest number since 25 février.
During the second wave of coronavirus, the number peaked at 34,336 au 18 janvier.
À Londres, 3,636 people were in hospital with Covid-19 on 31 décembre, en haut 61 per cent week-on-week and the highest number since 12 février.
The second-wave peak for London was 7,917 au 18 janvier.
UK hits record 189,846 daily cases
The UK has reported a record 189,846 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 les heures, up more than 600 on yesterday’s figure.
Un autre 203 people have also died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
More hospitals ban visitors to protect patients from Covid
More than a dozen hospitals across the country have temporarily banned visits in efforts to protect patients and staff amid rising Covid infections.
Patients in London, Yorkshire and Essex are among those who will no longer be able to receive visitors as growing numbers of people are bringing cases on to wards.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in London, which oversees University Hospital Lewisham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, said the decision had been “extremely difficult” to make.
Exemptions apply, including for end-of-life care, women giving birth and children being visited by their parents.
The trust said the restrictions, which came into force at 9am on Wednesday, will be kept under close review and relaxed as soon as it is safe to do so.
Thousands more flights cancelled as Omicron triggers staff shortages
Thousands of flights within the US and internationally were delayed or cancelled early on Friday, adding to the travel disruptions during the Christmas holiday week due to adverse weather and rising cases of the Omicron variant.
Plus de 2,400 flights were cancelled around the world as of Friday, y compris plus 1,100 flights within the US or entering or departing it, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. There were nearly 4,000 global flight delays in total.
The Christmas holidays are typically a peak time for air travel, but the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in Covid infections, forcing airlines to cancel flights as pilots and crew need to be quarantined.
Partygoers in Scotland and Wales urged to think twice before travelling to England for NYE
Officials have warned partygoers in Scotland and Wales to think twice before travelling to England for New Year’s Eve.
Boris Johnson has resisted tightening restrictions in England despite the rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.
But Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have set their own public health rules, imposed new restrictions this week that closed all nightclubs and limited social gatherings. Bars and pubs have had to return to table service only. In Edinburgh, which traditionally hosts one of Europe’s largest New Year’s Eve parties, people have been urged to stay at home.
While no formal travel ban is in place to stop Scottish revellers from making their way to England on Friday, Scotland’s deputy leader John Swinney said travelling would be the “wrong course of action”.
Omicron hospitalisation risk is a third that of Delta, l'analyse trouve
The risk of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant is around a third that of the Delta variant, new analysis of more than a million cases of both types in recent weeks shows.
The analysis was published by the UK Health Security Agency, after it worked alongside Cambridge University MRC Biostatistics unit to analyse 528,176 Omicron cases and 573,012 Delta cases.
It also found that vaccines can work well against Omicron.
“In this analysis, the risk of hospitalisation is lower for Omicron cases with symptomatic or asymptomatic infection after 2 et 3 doses of vaccine, with an 81 pour cent … reduction in the risk of hospitalisation after three doses compared to unvaccinated Omicron cases,” the UKHSA said.
Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at UKHSA, said the analysis was in keeping with other encouraging signs on Omicron but said the health service could still struggle with such high transmission rates.
“It remains too early to draw any definitive conclusions on hospital severity, and the increased transmissibility of Omicron and the rising cases in the over 60s population in England means it remains highly likely that there will be significant pressure on the NHS in coming weeks," elle a dit.
Reporting by Reuters
Trains removed from schedules to tackle Covid-induced cancellations
Hundreds of trains are being removed from timetables each day in an attempt to improve reliability following weeks of short-notice cancellations.
At least eight operators have either already reduced frequencies on many routes or will do so in the coming days in response to pandemic-related staff shortages.
Passengers travelling on New Year’s Eve also face major disruption due to industrial action.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said a 24-hour strike by its members employed by CrossCountry was “solidly supported”, causing the majority of the operator’s services to be cancelled.
In recent weeks rail firms across Britain have axed trains at short notice due to staff self-isolating or unwell.
Many have responded by releasing condensed timetables in a bid to create more certainty about which services they can and cannot operate.
Presque 400,000 boosted on Thursday
Un total de 397,554 booster and third doses of Covid-19 vaccine were reported in the UK on Thursday, de nouveaux chiffres montrent.
Plus que 33.9 million booster and third doses have now been delivered in the UK, avec 1.6 million in the past seven days.
Environ 64 per cent of all adults in the UK have now received a booster or third dose.
The figures have been published by the UK’s four health agencies.