According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) a record breaking 1.7 million people in the UK had Coronavirus, which is the highest since figures started in autumn last year.
Between 13 and 19 December 2.83% of infections were recorded in England which had the highest infection rate.
London was the worst hit region in the UK as one in 20 caught Covid and the latest figures are showing that Omicron has become the most widely spread strain in the UK. On Christmas Day over 600,000 people will be forced to self-isolate.
Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said, “These figures show how Omicron is having a tangible real-time impact on a service that was already operating beyond full stretch.
“This is a big worry for trust leaders.
“Absences due to Covid-19 are up nearly 40% and with community infections surging ahead, that figure may well get worse before it gets better.”