UK records 50,584 Covid infections and 143 deaths amid Omicron spread

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On Friday, 50,584 new cases of Kovid were reported in Britain and 143 deaths occurred.

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The latest figures come amid Omicron variants spreading across the country as new cases are being identified at different places.

In London, 15 residents have been diagnosed with the Omicron variant and Richmond on the Thames was named as the capital’s highest Covid infection rate, according to NHS data.

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On Friday after Thursday, Kovid cases were above 50,000 for the second consecutive day when 53,845 new infections were reported.

Thursday’s case was the highest daily figure for infections since mid-July.

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As of Friday 143 deaths were recorded, separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that there are now 170,000 deaths recorded in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates.

Despite concerns for the Omicron edition, Boris Johnson was confident in a press conference earlier this week that this Christmas will be better than last year when stricter COVID restrictions were in place.

Government data shows that the vaccine rollout remains strong, with a total of 51,046,133 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine distributed in the UK as of 2 December.

This is an increase of 25,848 from the previous day.

Some 46,462,638 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 30,976.

A total of 19,436,885 boosters and a third dose have also been given, an increase of 420,910 on a day-to-day basis.

Separate formulations are not available for the booster and third dose.

Delivery of booster jabs will be accelerated from 13 December, NHS England confirmed on Friday.

In a letter sent to health leaders, NHS England said the booking service for booster jabs would be updated to reduce the time between doses to three months.

This will happen “as soon as possible and no later than December 13”.

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