The previous record went back to January 8, 2021, at the height of the Alpha variant, when 68,053 positive cases had been recorded in this country severely affected by the pandemic, with now 146,791 deaths (+165 in 24 hours).
tsunami of the highly contagious Omicron variant, in the words of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the British government has launched a vaccine booster campaign of unprecedented scale, with the support of the military and thousands of volunteers.
The goal is to get an extra dose to all adults by the end of December.
They were 45% Wednesday to have received a third dose, and even 88% among those over 70 years, said the conservative leader at a press conference, while 81.5% of the population over 12 years had the first two.
He once again called on the population to be vaccinated,
because the Omicron wave continues to sweep across the UK and that the contaminations linked to this variant now double
in less than two days in some regions, while two doses appear less effective against the variant.
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More than 650,000 booster doses were administered on Monday and to speed up the campaign, the 15-minute observation period after vaccine administration was removed.
In order to avoid seeing hospitals overwhelmed, his government also imposed additional restrictions, despite the rebellion of part of the conservative majority, such as teleworking, the wearing of masks indoors and the health passport for major events.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned the UK is facing two simultaneous outbreaks, one
quite flat due to the Delta variant, and another which
growing very quickly, attributable to Omicron.
I fear we have to be realistic that many records are often going to be broken over the next few weeks if rates continue to rise, he stressed.
The chief executive of the British Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries, had previously estimated, when questioned by a parliamentary committee, that Omicron was
probably the biggest threat we have had since the start of the pandemic.
But unlike Scotland, which decides its own response to the health crisis, the executive has not called for limiting indoor social interactions in England to a maximum of three different homes.
On Monday, the United Kingdom recorded the first death officially linked to Omicron in Europe.