The United Kingdom, one of the most affected countries with nearly 149,000 deaths from the pandemic, records contamination records every day (more than 163,000 in 24 hours on Saturday).
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, even if the authorities stress for the moment that the Omicron variant seems to cause less severe forms than the Delta.
The number (of people) in the intensive care units is stable and does not for the moment follow the trajectory that we saw last year at this time during the Alpha wave.Sajid Javid said in an article published in the Daily Mail.
The country being in
a much stronger position Thanks to a massive vaccine booster campaign, the government decided not to impose new restrictions during the holidays in England, he continued, unlike Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. .
Restrictions on our freedom should only come as a last resort, added Mr. Javid in the tabloid. Emphasizing
the enormous health, social and economic cost of confinements, he considered that it was necessary to give oneself the means to
live with the virus thanks to vaccination, an arsenal of treatments and massive screening.
However, the minister acknowledged that the health service would be
inevitably under pressure in the coming weeks because of a
sharp rise hospitalizations.
Especially since, according to the Sunday Times, more than 110,000 health workers, or about a tenth of the workforce of the public health service (NHS), were absent on Friday, including about 50,000 because of contamination with COVID-19 or after having been declared contact cases.
The country is preparing for
worst case scenario
The newspaper Daily Telegraph However, indicated on Saturday that the government could extend the recommendation for teleworking, in effect since mid-December, to January.
And Education Minister Nadim Zahawi has announced that the government will recommend high school students to wear masks in class when they return to school next week.
Some distance learning might be necessary due to the foreseeable absenteeism of pupils and teachers, he warned in the Sunday Telegraph.
For the New Year, Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed to have achieved the official goal of offering a booster dose to all adults by the end of December, even though more than 70% have actually received it in England.
According to a study by the British Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) published on Friday, patients infected with Omicron who have received a vaccination booster have an 81% reduced risk of being hospitalized compared to unvaccinated people.
Faced with the increase in hospitalizations, the public health service (NHS) has announced that it will set up temporary structures to open hundreds of beds to prepare for the
worst case scenario.