- Rapidly rising corona cases in Britain made a record for the third consecutive day
- Experts said – 5000 daily deaths may occur in winter if restrictions are not imposed
- Experts advise tightening restrictions on Christmas and New Year
Omicron, a new variant of the corona virus, is currently wreaking havoc on Britain. Meanwhile, ‘Professor Lockdown’ suggested today that the UK’s winter Omicron death toll could reach 5,000 if appropriate restrictions are not put in place. This warning comes at a time when Britain has reported a record number of corona cases for the third consecutive day. In the last 24 hours, 93,045 people have been found corona positive, which shows a jump of 60 percent in a week.
According to the news of DailyMail, cases of Omicron are doubling every other day and increasing faster than testing. Hospitalizations in Omicron hotspot London have increased by more than a third. Nearly a quarter of today’s cases are in London alone, where infections have increased five-fold since Omicron’s existence was alerted to the world on 24 November. In the last 24 hours, 3,201 new cases of Omicron were reported in the UK, bringing the total number of Omicron cases to 14,909.
3000 daily deaths possible even in the best situation
Professor Neil Ferguson has called for a tightening of restrictions on the new year due to rising figures. His team at Imperial College London found that even in the best-case scenario, without the sanctions, there could have been around 3000 daily Omicron deaths in January. Imperial found that there was no evidence that the new variant was any less severe than the Delta. Researchers have estimated that people are five-and-a-half times more likely to be re-infected and the vaccines are significantly weakened.
There may be a lockdown on Christmas and New Year
Professor Neil Ferguson had estimated 5000 Kovid deaths in the first wave even without a lockdown. He said stricter restrictions needed to be implemented in a week or two to minimize the impact of a possible new wave. New suggestions have once again raised fears that restrictions on Christmas and New Year’s could be imposed in Britain. However, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is denying the status of a lockdown until the number of hospitalized cases increases.