Covid cases in the United Kingdom has reached an all-time high, with 78,610 new infections.

 


On Wednesday, the United Kingdom recorded a record amount of new daily Covid-19 cases, with 78,610 in the previous 24 hours.

The amount was up from 59,610 the day before and surpassed the previous record of 68,053 cases reported on January 8.

It highlights the country's huge increase in infections ahead of the Christmas holiday season, with the omicron variation predicted to swiftly become the dominant strain. One top British health official has cautioned that the figures might be "staggering" in the coming days.

Long lines have formed outside vaccination sites in numerous U.K. cities and villages, as the government ramps up its booster campaign to reach as many people as possible with a third vaccine injection.

According to official data, there were 165 new Covid fatalities in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

While deaths are still low, and preliminary studies indicate that the omicron variation may not be any more deadly than previous Covid strains, health experts have repeatedly cautioned that the sheer volume of infections might lead to rising mortality and an overburdened health-care system.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, revealed on Monday that at least one patient infected with the new omicron type has died in the nation. It was the first publicly reported fatality caused by the new severely altered strain anywhere in the world.

Johnson has also warned that Britain is facing a "tidal wave" of omicron infections and has stated that England would accelerate its booster program in order to provide all people with a third dosage of a vaccine by the end of the year.

Previously, the government planned to extend its booster scheme to all over-18s by the end of January.

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