Omicron is fueling as explosion in cases the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned that current daily rate of infections is around 200,000.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said the government are “missing the wider measures” needed to control Omicron
The Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in the Commons, “There are now 4,713 confirmed cases of Omicron in the UK.
“And the UK Health Security Agency estimates that the current rate of, the current number of daily infections are around 200,000.
“While Omicron represents over 20% of cases in England, we’ve already seen it rise to over 44% in London and we expect it to become the dominant Covid 19 variant in the capital in the next 48 hours.”
The Health Secretary added, “In preparation, the UK’s four chief medical officers raised the Covid alert level to four, its second highest level, this was done over the weekend.
“And NHS England has just announced that it will return to its highest level of emergency preparedness, level four national incident.
“This means the NHS response to Omicron will be coordinated as a national effort rather than led by individual trusts.”
Javid was asked by Sky News on Tuesday morning, how many people are in hospital with the new variant, he said, “In England, there’s about 10 people that are confirmed, in England, with Omicron.”
But he added, “There is always a lag between infection and then hospitalisation and then, sadly, death.”
Javid warned Omicron was “spreading at a phenomenal rate, something that we’ve never seen before, it’s doubling every two to three days in infections.
“That means we’re facing a tidal wave of infection, we’re once again in a race between the vaccine and the virus.”