The UK registers 146,390 new Covid cases as the total deaths from viruses exceed more than 150,000



The UK has reported 146,390 new Covid cases and 313 deaths, bringing the total number of people who have died since the pandemic began to 150,000.

The number of cases has dropped from the 178,250 registered Friday, but deaths have risen from 229.

About 1,227 million people tested positive for Covid over the past week, 10.6 percent more than the week before, while the number of deaths had increased by 38.3 percent from a week before, to 1,271.

The number of deaths recorded within 28 days after a positive test now stands at 150,057.

After it was announced that the country had reached the dismal death milestone, the Department of Health and Social Care (Dhsc) urged people to get their booster jabs.

In a statement, (Dhsc) said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our sympathies are with all who have lost their loved ones.

“We are grateful for the collective national efforts and the hard work of frontline health and social care workers and volunteers to administer vaccines to tens of thousands of people and keep people safe. Their tireless efforts have saved thousands of lives.

“But the pandemic is not over. That’s why it’s so important that everyone continues to play their part, by coming forward to be boosted now, or getting a first or second jab, if you have not already done so.”

The release of the latest figures comes after a government adviser said the north-east and north-west of England are to see the most “concerning” prices of the Omicron variant.

The five UK areas with the largest week-on-week increases in the case of Covid cases are Middlesbrough (748.8 to 2,651.4), Copeland (1,731.3 to 3,525.8) and Redcar & Cleveland (846.8 to 2,564.3), according to official figures.

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Dr. Mike Tildesley, of the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modeling Group (Spi-M) highlighted these regions, along with the Midlands, as areas of concern.

He said so cases were “slowing down” in London but he warned that it would take about fourteen days to see if this fall in the capital, which has been the epicenter of the eruption.

Dr. Tildesley said: “Most other parts of the country are about two to three weeks behind where London is in their epidemic profile,” he told Times Radio.

“Particularly worrying are the Northeast and the Northwest – if you look at hospital admissions in the two regions they go up, also the Midlands, where I live, it’s also a little bit worrying, so it’s a concern.”

The armed forces have stepped in to fill a personnel crisis in the NHS caused by the rapid spread of the variant.

NHS England data show that 39,142 NHS employees at hospital funds in the UK were absent for Covid-19 reasons on 2 January, an increase of 59 per cent on the previous week (24,632) and more than three times the number at the beginning of December (12,508).

According to Health Journal (HSJ), staff absenteeism for any reason across the NHS, including mental health associations and other areas, can be as high as 120,000.

In total, about 9,300 armed forces personnel are available on standby.

Additional reporting from the Press Association.

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