London is now the UK’s “hotspot” as Omicron makes up for 30% of all new cases and the government could impose tighter restrictions as the virus is rapidly spreading.
On Friday Ministers held a Cobra meeting to discuss what measures they need to impose to curb the spread of the highly transmissible variant.
The Communities Secretary Michael Gove warned that the situation in Scotland and London which are the two main hotspots for Omicron is “deeply concerning.”
Fresh data from the Department of Health has suggested that by next week Omicron will become dominant by next week, as infections rose by 25.3% in the week to 4 December, which was the fastest out of the nine regions in England.
Infections are now the highest since January as there was 474.7 people who were tested among 100,000.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Gove said, “The meeting I’ve just chaired with first Ministers of all the devolved administrations was presented with some very challenging new information.
“We know that we have the highest number of Covid infections across the UK recorded today since January 9.
“We know the Omicron variant is doubling every two to three days in England, and possibly even faster in Scotland.
“We know that 30% of reported cases in London are the Omicron variant and of course we only identified Omicron in this country a fortnight ago.”
There was 58,194 new cases of Covid and there was 120 deaths reported in the UK.
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