The coronavirus wave that gripped the UK last Christmas saw far less cases than the current wave, with the country recording 360,480 new infections last week, compared with 126,163 infections over the same period in 2020
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UK Covid cases are more than double what they were this time last year as the new Omicron variant spreads across the country.
Last week, the UK recorded 360,480 new cases, compared with 126,163 infections over the same period in 2020.
The coronavirus wave which gripped the country last Christmas reached a peak on January 8, when 68,053 cases were recorded – the highest daily figure of the pandemic.
It now looks like the current wave will result in a far higher peak amid warnings that Omicron cases could reach one million a day.
The warning comes after a further 58,194 coronavirus cases were recorded on December 10 – the highest daily figure since January.
It is almost triple the 20,964 infections logged on December 10 last year.
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However, deaths have so far remained mercifully low in comparison to last Christmas.
Some 834 Covid fatalities were recorded last week – far lower than the 2,941 fatalities declared during the same period in December 2020.
In a bid to bring the Omicron variant under control, Boris Johnson has implemented Plan B Covid measures and accelerated the UK’s booster programme.
Huge queues formed outside vaccination centres on Monday as Brits scramble to get their jabs as the new rollout got off to a chaotic start.
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Just hours after Boris Johnson announced plans to jab almost one million people per day for the rest of December the NHS website crashed.
An error message came up on the site on Sunday and Monday, stopping people from booking their jabs because of ‘technical difficulties’.
Meanwhile, Brits were left unable to order lateral flow tests online as the gov.uk said none were available.
Nursing leaders and a cancer charity have now expressed concerns about how the accelerated booster programme may impact on the NHS.
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Steven McIntosh, executive director of advocacy and communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The Government also must not fail to ensure NHS cancer services are prioritised and protected this winter to ensure that nobody faces long waits and disruption in vital cancer care.”
Pat Cullen, general secretary and chief executive at the Royal College of Nursing, also raised concerns.
She said: “We are concerned about the scale and pace of this expansion, given these same nurses are already facing huge demands under existing unsustainable pressures in every part of the UK health and care system.”