Covid wave returns

UK Covid cases soar past 50,000 for third time this week as 161 deaths recorded

The data was released as new covid restrictions begin across England, with working from home recommended from Monday and Covid passes for large venues by Wednesday

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ByKelly-Ann MillsReporter

  • 16:08, 9 Dec 2021
  • UPDATED16:10, 9 Dec 2021

The number of Covid deaths are up by 148 and infections have increased by 50,867 in the last 24 hours.

This is the third time this week that the UK has recorded more than 50,000 new infections after the number stood at 51,262 on Monday, and 51,342 on Tuesday.

The news comes as the UK reported 249 new cases of the Omicron Covid variant, the UK Health Security Agency has announced.

The total total number of confirmed cases of the mutant strain now stands more than 800.

However, scientists believe that there are likely many more undetected cases across the UK, with as many as 1,000 people catching Omicron each day.

While the number of cases represents a relatively small proportion of the infections being detected daily, the highly infectious strain will soon be the dominant one, experts believe.

Just yesterday Boris Johnson held a press conference to announce further coronavirus restrictions across England.https://fdb994917b66aac62f71da49f278233d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369

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People are urged to work from home from Monday, must wear face masks in more settings from Friday, produce the NHS Covid pass at big events from next Wednesday, and may get daily contact testing instead of isolation.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said the doubling time of the new strain could be “between two and three days” – meaning its spread will be rapid.

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“We will reintroduce the guidance to work from home,” he said.

“Employers should use the rest of the week to discuss working arrangements with their employees but from Monday you should work from home if you can.

“Go to work if you must but work from home if you can.”

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