Dr Susan Hopkins also said that we are seeing a slowdown in the number of hospital admissions – but there is still a high rate of Covid infection in the country.
Cases of covid are in the south of England “on a plateau”, but about one in 15 is still infected, said the chief health adviser of the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
Dr. Susan Hopkins also said we are seeing a slowdown in the number of admissions hospital.
The latest figures released yesterday show that 99,652 people in the UK tested positive for Covid, while the death toll rose by 270.
Dr. Hopkins said BBC Today’s Radio 4 program: “There is still a high rate of infection across the country, about one in 15 in England and about one in 20 in other parts of the UK.
“We see infections in the community subsiding, which is good, in London and in the south-east and east of England.
“Rises are still going on, but much slower in the northern parts of the country.
“All of this means that we are seeing a slowdown in the number of hospital admissions, but they are currently slowing down instead of turning around, so there are still more than 2,000 admissions in the UK and almost 2,500 yesterday.”
Dr. Hopkins said hospitals he was able to dismiss patients “faster” because of Omicron is milder than the previous ones coronavirus variants, but that there were about 15,500 people in hospital last week NHS it remains under “great pressure”, with some funds “unable to carry out much of their selective care”, a situation exacerbated by staff absences.
Dr Chris Smith, a consultant virologist and lecturer at Cambridge University, said current coronavirus data give him “a big reason for optimism”.
He told the BBC Breakfast: “The number of people who go to intensive care or are on mechanically ventilated beds is actually falling. The rest is the same.
“This could be because Omicron hasn’t had a chance to bite yet and there will be an increase later.
“On the other hand, it is possible to follow the path of South Africa that we seem to have been so far, ie they have seen much less translation of hospital cases into intensive care beds. Hopefully this will continue.
“This gives me great reason to be optimistic, because I think we are now coming to the point where, thanks to vaccination, where 96% of the country we are told now has antibodies to coronavirus, thanks to vaccination, thanks to the rate of infections that strengthen our immunity. to the point where the population has sufficient immunity to be able to fight off the infection when we get it much better than we could before.
“So we don’t see this strong connection of cases turning into consequences.”