UK reports more than 12,000 new Omicron cases, highest daily jump ever

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  • The UK records over 12,000 new Omicron Covid cases.
  • The country recorded 82,886 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period.
  • The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK now stands at 147,218.

The UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) has said that the United Kingdom has reported 12,133 new omicron cases, the highest daily jump ever, taking the total omicron Covid-19 variant cases detected in the country to 37,101. has gone.

Meanwhile, Britain recorded 82,886 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 11,361,387, Xinhua news agency reported, citing official figures released on Sunday.

The number of confirmed cases is again low on Saturday’s figure of 90,418. However, on weekends the figures are usually lower. On Friday, the UK reported a record high of 93,045 confirmed cases.

The country recorded another 45 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK now stands at 147,218, with 7,611 Covid-19 patients still in hospital.

The latest figures came as British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new version was spreading “very, very fast”, even more than the figures suggest.

“The actual number of infections will be much higher than the case numbers suggest” because not everyone will be taking a test and people will be delayed in getting their test results back, he said.

Meanwhile, scientists consulting to the British government have warned that additional restrictions are needed “within days” to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by Omicron.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that omicron coronavirus cases have been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases in areas with community transmission is doubling in 1.5 to three days.

According to the latest figures, over 89 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK have received their first dose of vaccine and more than 81 per cent have received both doses. More than 48 percent have received booster jabs or a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

(with IANS inputs)

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