A further 106,122 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Wednesday, the Government said, the first time daily reported cases have risen above 100,000.
Data on Omicron are being monitored “hour by hour” – the Prime Minister
Max Channon www.devonlive.com
The Government said a further 140 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 173,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
A total of 51,577,782 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK by December 21, Government figures show. This is a rise of 39,955 on the previous day.
Some 47,156,899 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 54,085.
A total of 8,008 people were in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 as of December 21, Government figures show.
This is the highest number since November 22 and is up 4% from a week earlier.
During the second wave of coronavirus, hospital numbers peaked at 39,254 on January 18.
A combined total of 30,844,888 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 968,665.
Separate totals for booster and third doses are not available.
It comes after Wales announced it would be bringing back Level 2 Covid restrictions from 6am on Boxing day.
Last night, Boris Johnson said there would be no further Covid restrictions put in place in England before before Christmas.
Earlier today, a new formulation of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in children aged five to 11. However, for now it will only be offered to children who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed.
Elsewhere, the latest data from South Africa suggests the Omicron variant caused a ‘short’ wave that was “not very severe in terms of hospitalisations and deaths,” according to a senior researcher.
However, Marta Nunes, senior researcher at the Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics, warned against other countries reading too much into this.
She said: “Each setting, each country is different. The populations are different. The demographics of the population, the immunity is different in different countries.”.