Covid’s cases have now peaked in all regions of England, official figures now show more evidence that the worst Omicron the outbreak is over.
Daily infections have been falling week by week for the past seven days in a row across the country, and yesterday, for the first time in more than fourteen weeks, they fell below the six-digit number to 97,000.
The Northeast was the only region where infections continued to rise, but the latest figures show they now reflect the rest of the country.
The region has become a hotbed for Omicron in recent weeks after the outbreak moved north and is home to seven of the 10 local authorities with the highest rates of infection.
One in 40 people (2.6 percent) in the Northeast has been positive in the past week, the highest at any point in the pandemic.
The number of hospitalizations – an indicator of backwardness – continues to rise with almost 400 daily admissions of Covid in the region last week. But the number in critical beds is still the same
At the national level, however, the number of daily hospitalizations has decreased from week to week in four of the last seven days.
The number of admissions to critical beds has also barely increased, which gave no. 10 confidence to be able to “transport” the current wave. Many experts say Omicron infections have peaked in the country.
Yesterday’s set of promising statistics showed that the Omicron wave is slowing down, with one showing that infections are showing down in all regions and in almost all age groups.
As the outbreak appears to be the worst, England is now preparing to ease the restrictions imposed to combat Omicron.
The Minister of Health told MPs yesterday that vaccine passports could be abolished before the end of this month, and ministers are also considering leaving work from home. Both are scheduled to be reviewed on January 26.
Self-isolation will be reduced to five days on Monday for vaccinated people who test positive for the virus, and Said Javid said the move would make the UK “Europe’s best”.
Data from the UK Health Safety Agency showed that last week Covida cases fell in 87 per cent of English territories or 129 out of 149 local authorities. For comparison, in the previous seven-day period (left), cases decreased in only 15 municipal areas
Scientists at King’s College London have estimated that 183,364 people are now infected with the virus every day, down from a record 208,471 in the previous seven days. Data are also from ZOE for health data science
NORTH EAST: The picture above shows the rate of Covid infection in the northeast, indicating that its incidence has begun to rise
NORTH EAST: Above is the number of patients admitted to Covid Hospital each day. The region is now at about the same level as last winter
NORTH EAST: The number of patients with Covid in hospital beds in the region is shown above. There are early signs that this may be lower at a lower level than last winter
NORTH EAST: And above is the number of patients with Covid on beds with mechanical ventilators. This did not increase in a sign that the Omicron is milder than its predecessors
Middlesbrough leads with about 3,100 infections per 100,000 people, while Hartlepool (2,900) and Stockon-on-Tees (2,800) round out the top three.
Scientists from the UK Health Safety Agency calculate the infection rate in the English regions based on the number of positive swabs recorded in the last seven days.
His latest figures up to January 8 show that cases are now declining day by day across the region, with five of them – the East Midlands, East Anglia, London, North West and South East – week declining. – In a week.
Wales will close all the curbs of Covid during the falling cases
The Welsh government will lift all of Covid’s restrictions in two weeks as part of plans to reopen clubs, lift the six-in-pub rule and lift restrictions on 50-person outdoor events.
Mark Drakeford will draw up a plan for Wales to move from a second-level warning to zero by the end of January if public health continues to improve.
Restrictions on outdoor activities will first be relaxed and then gradually extended to other rules introduced on Boxing Day.
According to current measures, a maximum of six people can meet in bars, restaurants and cinemas, with outdoor events limited to 50 people and 30 indoors.
The rules also include wearing masks in all public venues, the two-meter rule, and the six rule in catering environments. Nightclubs were forced to close.
The Prime Minister will present a two-week timetable at a press conference on Friday at 12.15 pm after a review of the rules.
This morning, he said the move came as the number of cases dropped rapidly, adding: “We seem to have surpassed the top of Omicron.”
The coronavirus case rate in Wales has fallen to 1,492.4 per 100,000 people in seven days, the lowest level since 27 December.
The Northeast is still the focus of Covid in the country, where the highest number of cases per 100,000 people is recorded, but now they are starting to point downwards.
The second highest infection rates were in the Northwest (2,132.6), followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (1,977.5) and the West Midlands (1,785.6).
At the other end of the scale were the South West (1,270.2), the South East (1,374.1) and the East of England (1,460.7). London had the sixth highest infection rate (1,526.5).
As a sign that the fall of the Northeast is real and not the result of a change in testing its level of PCR positivity – the proportion of swabs that detects the virus – has also begun to fall.
Infection statistics refer to the period before the test rules were changed, so that Britons who tested positive using side-flow no longer need to undergo confirmatory PCR.
The number of hospitalizations across the region has not yet declined, reaching 390 admissions per day, approaching the peak of last year’s 430.
But the number of patients with Covid in hospitals has dropped to 3,000 in recent days, about four-fifths of the previous peak, while the number on beds with mechanical ventilators has barely increased.
At yesterday’s meeting with Tory MPs, Mr Javid welcomed the “encouraging signs”, but noted that hospitals were still under “significant pressure”, reports The Times.
Currently, people in England have to show proof of vaccination or a negative side stream to enter big events and nightclubs.
A source in Whitehall told the newspaper: “There has always been a very high threshold for politics and it seems increasingly likely that this threshold will not be reached in a few weeks. Given the way the cases are being handled, it will be difficult to justify recovery. ‘
Last month, the UK government faced its biggest Tory resistance since the start of the pandemic over the introduction of Plan B measures, with more than 100 Conservatives voting against them.
The prime minister’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost has resigned dramatically in protest of the introduction of curbs. He hit the “Covid Theater” masks and passes yesterday and called the lockout a “serious mistake.”
The Times reports that Covid passes are unlikely to be renewed if the health ministry says they are no longer needed.
Alicia Kearns, an MP from Rutland and Melton, yesterday called on the health minister to commit to “abandoning domestic certification at the earliest opportunity”.
He replied: “I assure her and Parliament that, as far as I am concerned, we will not keep domestic certification for even a moment longer than is absolutely necessary.”
Former cabinet minister Greg Clark urged Mr Javid to remove the curbs later this month, saying they “have an impact beyond Covid, as we know”.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Javid reduced the number of days people in self-isolation, if they are positive for Covid in England, to five.
The Minister for Health told MEPs that data from the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) showed that “about two thirds of positive cases are no longer contagious by the end of the fifth day”.
He added: “After reviewing all the evidence, we have decided to shorten the minimum period of self-isolation to five full days in England. As of Monday, people can test twice before they go – leaving isolation at the beginning of the sixth day.
“These two tests are crucial to these balanced and proportionate plans, so I would urge everyone to take advantage of the capabilities we have built through the tests so that we can restore the freedoms of this country while protecting everyone.”