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Scientist warns that Covid cases ‘are just a day or two away from hitting over 200,000’ after New Year’s Eve

by LLB staff reporter
30th Dec 21 1:04 pm

According to the ZOE Covid study incidence figures, the UK is set to see more than 200,000 cases per day in “just a day or two.”

Based on PCR and LFT test data up to three days ago there was an increase of symptomatic cases by 33% as there is an average of 192,290 daily infections across the UK.

All regions in the UK are seeing Covid cases on the rise especially in the North West, with London having the highest number of infections than in any other region.

Now 75% of people who have cold like symptoms have Covid and the rise in cases is slowing in the 0 to 55 year old age groups.

But there has been a sharp rise in Covid infections amongst the 55 to 75 year old age groups which is a “worrying” trend as this age group are at higher risk of being admitted to hospital.

Dr Claire Stevens, scientist on the ZOE Covid Study app and Reader at King’s College London said, “The number of daily new symptomatic COVID cases are more than double what they were this time last year and we are just a day or two away from hitting over 200,000.

“However, the exponential growth in cases appears to have stopped, and the rise is more steady.

“Hospitalisation rates are thankfully much lower than this time last year, but they are still high, especially in London.

“The ZOE data is showing that cases are still on the rise in 55-75 year olds so unfortunately it’s likely that this will translate into more hospital admissions in the New Year.”

She added, “It’s good news to see that fewer people are newly sick than a few weeks ago. However, the fact that 75% of new cold-like symptoms are COVID, and the classic symptoms are much less common, means the Government advice needs to be urgently updated.

“We want to see symptoms like sore throat, headache, and runny nose added to the list as soon as possible.

“Looking ahead to 2022, the strategy should be about focusing on maximising our immunity, across the generations, across all sections of society and across the world.

“Let’s be clear, this is a global pandemic so we need to be looking at other countries and helping vaccination programs everywhere to increase global immunity levels and help reduce the risk of future variants.”

Professor Peter Openshaw of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), warned that the conditions for New Year’s Eve gatherings are the “perfect” setting for spreading Covid.

The NHS are now setting up new Nightingale “surge hubs” at hospitals across England as they are on a “war footing” and are preparing for a potential wave of record high Omicron admissions.

NHS England said that work on a total of eight hubs which all have a capacity of around 100 patients is to start this week and further sites have been identified which will provide a further 4,000 “super surge” beds.

Hospital admissions are up by 48% which is the highest number since 1 March, as there is a total of 10,462 people in hospital with Covid as of 8am on 29 December, NHS England confirmed

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said, “Given the high level of Covid-19 infections and increasing hospital admissions, the NHS is now on a war footing.”

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