Omicron accounts for 20% of Covid cases in England
Posted on December 14th, 2021

Courtesy BBC

  1. Health Secretary Sajid Javid tells MPs Omicron represents 20% of Covid cases in England
  2. Hospitalisations and deaths, he adds, are expected to “dramatically increase” in the next few weeks
  3. In response, England and Scotland have set new targets to give boosters to all eligible adults who want one by the end of the month
  4. There have been long queues at walk-in vaccination sites and the NHS booking site has experienced technical problems due to demand
  5. Free lateral flow tests appear to have run out for people to order online but Boris Johnson says there are “ample supplies” in pharmacies
  6. One person in the UK has died with the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the PM earlier confirmed
  7. Labour leader Keir Starmer will deliver a pre-recorded address at 19:00 GMT tonight on BBC One, responding to the prime minister’s message last night
  • The UK has reported 54,661 new infections and a further 38 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
  • There are 4,713 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant and at least one person in the UK has died with the variant
  • The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said 10 people, aged between 18 and 85, had been hospitalised with the variant in England.
  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs that Omicron now represented 20% of cases in England
  • Javid also warned that hospitalisations and deaths were likley to “dramatically increase” in the next few weeks
  • The NHS website for booking vaccinations crashed and ordering lateral flow tests from the government website was temporarily suspended amid high demand
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he “certainly broke no rules” amid questions over government parties during lockdown restrictions last Christmas
  • US Open champion Emma Raducanu has had to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championships after testing positive for coronavirus

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