Further 162,572 Covid cases recorded in England

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England has reported a record high of 162,572 new COVID cases in the latest 24-hour period.

The Government said a further 154 people had died in England within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

The latest figures compare with 160,276 cases and 178 fatalities recorded in the country yesterday.

The government usually releases daily figures for the whole of the UK, but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not released their data today.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 174,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

In London, 511 admissions were reported on December 29, up 3 per cent week-on-week and the highest number since January 28.

Admissions during the second wave peaked in London at 977 on January 6.

The number of Covid-19 admissions includes people admitted to hospital in the previous 24 hours who were known to have Covid-19, plus patients diagnosed in hospital with Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.

It comes after Sajid Javid warned further Covid restrictions “must be an absolute last resort”.

The Health Secretary added that the UK must look to “live alongside” coronavirus in 2022.

However, he admitted the recent record-breaking wave of Omicron infections will “test the limits of finite NHS capacity even more than a typical winter.”

Mr Javid, writing in the Daily Mail, said England had “welcomed in 2022 with some of the least restrictive measures in Europe”, with the UK Government at odds with the devolved nations in choosing to keep nightclubs open and to allow hospitality to operate without further measures for new year celebrations.

“Curbs on our freedom must be an absolute last resort and the British people rightly expect us to do everything in our power to avert them,” the Health Secretary continued.

“Since I came into this role six months ago, I’ve also been acutely conscious of the enormous health, social and economic costs of lockdowns.

“So I’ve been determined that we must give ourselves the best chance of living alongside the virus and avoiding strict measures in the future.”

A total of 51,771,476 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK by December 31, Government figures show.

This is a rise of 92 on the previous day but only Northern Ireland has reported new statistics. England, Scotland and Wales have yet to update their figures.

Some 47,412,342 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 161, all administered in Northern Ireland.

A combined total of 33,927,775 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 3,037, also just in Northern Ireland.

Separate totals for booster and third doses are not available.

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