UK sees the highest daily Covid cases ever in the midst of Omicron proliferation

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has warned of a “tidal wave” of infections.


The UK recorded its highest daily coronavirus case since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday, when a senior British health chief said there could be a “dizzying” increase in cases over the next few days.

A further 78,610 COVID-19 infections were reported, about 10,000 more than the previous high reported in January.

More than 11 million people have now been tested positive for the disease in the UK, which has a total population of around 67 million.

With a new highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus growing across the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “tidal wave” of infections.

However, he suffered a blow to his authority on Tuesday when more than 100 of his lawmakers voted against the measure to curb the growing spread of the disease.

Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, previously called the Omicron variant “probably the most significant threat” since the start of the pandemic.

“The figures we are looking at data over the next few days will be quite staggering compared to the growth rate we have seen in cases of previous variants,” she told a parliamentary committee.

Harry said the new variant of the virus has a doubling time “which is shortening” and is now under two days in most regions of the UK, and its growth rate was remarkable in London and Manchester in particular.

More than 10,000 cases of Omicron have been registered, with at least 10 people hospitalized. One person has died after contracting the variant, which is to become the dominant tribe in London.

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