More than 180,000 new cases of Covid have been registered in the UK from 1 p.m. 9 Wednesday (December 29), the government has announced.
The additional 183,037 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the laboratory, and reported figures for Northern Ireland over a five-day period are also included in the total.
The number is divided into 138,287 new infections in England, 15,849 in Scotland, 5,929 in Wales and 22,972 in Northern Ireland.
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The government said another 57 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 173,000 deaths have been recorded in the UK, where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.
This comes after Health Minister Sajid Javid today (Wednesday, December 29) acknowledged that there is a global shortage of lateral flow and PCR testing across the country, reports PA.
Despite these challenges, Boris Johnson has announced that he will not impose further Covid restrictions in the UK until 2022.
The decision comes in contrast to other British nations, where the Prime Minister cites the vaccination campaign to enable England to maintain its current level of coronavirus control.
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“The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You see cases rising in hospitals,” he told reporters.
“But it’s obviously milder than the Delta variant, and we’re able to continue the way we are.”
This was due to the “large proportion of the British public” who had been vaccinated.
He urged people to still enjoy the New Year in a “careful and sensible way”, adding: “Take a test, vent, think of others – but above all, get a booster.”
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