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UK passes 150,000 COVID-19 dead | Coronavirus

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000 “,” text “:” The coronavirus is taking a terrible toll on our country and today the number of recorded deaths has reached 150,000 “}}”>The coronavirus is taking a terrible toll on our country and today the recorded death toll has reached 150,000Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.

More specifically, 313 new deaths from COVID-19 were recorded on Saturday, bringing the total number of people who have died 28 days after a positive test to 150,057 since the start of the pandemic.

Only Russia has a higher death toll with nearly 315,000 dead.

With a few words on a black background, in another tweet, Boris Johnson sent a message of condolence, stressing how much each and everyone who died remain a profound loss for families, friends and affected communities.

High pressure on the health system

The country still records a lot of contamination linked to the Omicron variant, even if, after a daily record last week, the figures have stalled for several days with 146,390 cases recorded on Saturday in 24 hours.

Even if the number of people in the hospital is for the moment lower (18,454 people on Saturday) than in previous waves, the pressure on the health system remains very strong.

According to the England Health Service, NHS England, more than 39,000 hospital staff absences were recorded on January 2, 59% more in a week and triple compared to the beginning of December. This includes more than 4,700 absences in London, the epicenter of the new wave of contaminations.

Reinforcements

On Friday, the British government announced that several hundred soldiers would be deployed as reinforcements in British hospitals and ambulance services to alleviate this growing absenteeism.

Around 1,800 soldiers are already deployed across the United Kingdom in support of the vaccination effort and ambulance services, among others.

One dose, two doses …

For the moment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to impose new restrictions to limit the spread of the virus – in addition to the teleworking and the wearing of the mask already in force -, betting on screening and on the vaccination campaign .

This has already made it possible to administer two doses to 82% of those over 12 years old, and the booster campaign, carried out with vigor, has benefited 35 million people (approximately 60% of those over 12).

To get out of this pandemic, everyone must have a booster or their first or second dose if this is not yet the case., argued Mr Johnson.

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