1 In 10 Londoners Are Likely Infected With COVID-19

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Omicron’s rapid advance has resulted in an increase in the number of cases in Britain over the past seven days.

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About 1 in 10 people in London was likely infected with COVID-19 on Sunday, according to new official estimates which have highlighted the relentless advance of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Daily modeled estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics showed that around 9.5% of Londoners had COVID-19 on Sunday, within a 95% confidence interval of 8.43% to 10.69%.

The figures came a day after Britain recorded a record number of new coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant swept the country, with the daily tally reaching 119,789 from 106,122 a day earlier.

The ONS report also showed that a record 1 in 35 people in England had COVID-19 between December 13 and 19 – compared to a previous estimate released Thursday of 1 in 45 during the week before December 16.

Many industries and transport networks grapple with staff shortages as sick workers self-isolate, while UK hospitals have warned of the risk of impact on patient safety.

Omicron’s rapid advance has led to an increase in the number of cases in Britain over the past seven days, with the total rising to 678,165, government data showed on Thursday.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government works to limit the economic impact of the latest COVID-19 outbreak, he announced on Wednesday that it was reducing the legal period of self-isolation in England to seven days against ten.

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