Omicron threat: England reports 162,572 new COVID-19 cases in yet another record

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Omicron threat: England reports 162,572 new COVID-19 cases in yet another record

London: England reported a file excessive day by day complete of 162,572 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Saturday (January 1, 2021), up from 160,276 the day before today, official knowledge confirmed.

The day by day replace additionally confirmed 154 new deaths from the virus in England inside 28 days of a constructive take a look at, down from 178 on Friday.

The information usually additionally contains Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire, however didn’t on Saturday due to variations in reporting schedules over the New Yr weekend.

The day by day variety of confirmed infections throughout the UK repeatedly broke information in December because the Omicron variant unfold quickly. Nonetheless, hospitalisations and deaths have remained at decrease ranges than throughout earlier waves.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire have all launched restrictions reminiscent of nightclub closures, social distancing guidelines in pubs and limits on the variety of folks allowed to assemble.

However England, which accounts for greater than 80% of the UK inhabitants, has not introduced in any restrictions. Well being Secretary Sajid Javid stated any new curbs would solely be launched as an “absolute final resort”.

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