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Expert ‘surprised’ UK not doing more to slow Omicron and warns the ‘UK could see 900,000 cases a day with over 10,000 in hospital’

by LLB staff reporter
13th Dec 21 12:15 pm

An expert is “surprised” that the UK is not doing more to slow Omicron and has given a very grim warning that there could be “10,000 hospitalisations a day” and “maybe 900,000 cases a day by the end of the month.”

This comes as the Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to adopt more “stringent” measures this Christmas as cases of Omicron could hit one million by the end of the month, leaked documents show.

The leaked document clearly warns that the government will need to implement more measures before Christmas.

Dr Kit Yates, a senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath, has warned hospital admissions could far surpass what we saw last January.

“Nadhim Zahawi [the Education Secretary] has done a calculation which is based on exponential growth – yesterday we recorded 1,239 Omicron cases, it’s likely that there were more in the community, we’re missing some,” Dr Yates told Sky News.

“If we are doubling every three days, that could increase to 100,000 by the end of the month.

“If it’s doubling every two days – and we think it’s somewhere in between – then we could be talking about maybe 900,000 cases a day by the end of the month, and that’s the ones that we are catching, not the ones that were missing.

“And certainly in terms of hospitalisations, there’s been some estimates from Denmark suggesting about 1% of Omicron cases being hospitalised, so if we are up at a million cases, then we could be talking about 10,000 hospitalisations a day, which is more than double what we saw last January.”

Dr Yates said that he is “surprised” the UK is not doing more to slow the spread of Omicron as it is highly transmissible and one person has died from the new variant.

He further added that it is worth noting there is still so much that we don’t know about Omicron.

He said, these are simply mathematical predictions based on the early data we have so far.

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