In view of the fact that the infection rate in London (the epicenter of the Omicron outbreak) is beginning to “level out”, a senior British minister expressed cautious optimism that the United Kingdom does not need new Covid-19 restrictions.
Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi stated that “nothing in the data” indicates that new restrictions will need to be implemented in the coming weeks.
Zahavi warned that ministers need to “watch closely” because there are signs of “infection leaks” among people over 50 years old and they are more likely to be hospitalized. But he told the BBC: “The good news is that they have been strengthened, and the most important interventions are vaccination plans and boosters.”
Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers, said that some encouraging data from the “epicenter” of the Omicron outbreak.
“We are seeing a 9% increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in London hospitals every day and an increase of 15% every day… in terms of December 27th, 28th and 29th,” he said.
“Interestingly, in the past two days, the increase was only 1% and 2%, so the decline is quite large, so we hope to see possible peaks and plateaus.”
On Wednesday, ministers will meet to review the existing Plan B measures proposed three weeks ago against the wishes of at least 100 Conservative Party MPs.
Some Conservative MPs were angry at the ministers’ announcement over the weekend that students returning to England’s secondary schools this week must wear masks at least by January 26. Before reentering the classroom, students will also undergo at least one Covid test on-site and are urged to take the test at home twice a week.
The government also told schools that they can consider Remote teaching If some teachers ask for leave, give it to some students or combine classes.
NHS leaders warned that the health emergency is getting worse because hospitals are unable to maintain enough staff, many of whom are sick or self-isolating due to the new coronavirus because they have had contact with infected people.
Due to the “extreme” and “unprecedented” staff shortages associated with Covid, the Lincolnshire hospital has announced a major incident.
Union Lincolnshire Hospital, which operates four sites in the county, said in a statement that it is taking “extra measures to maintain services” due to serious staffing issues.
Morriston Hospital in Swansea said it could only provide “limited services” in the emergency room during bank holiday weekends due to staff shortages.
In the seven days to Sunday, the number of hospitalizations in England rose by 75% overall, with the Northeast and Yorkshire having the largest increase at 119%.
In addition to the slowdown in hospital admissions in London, Hopson said that another “good news” is that “the hospitals still have not seen a large number of seriously ill elderly people. CEOs across the country are responding to colleagues in London, pointing out the outbreak of the nursing home Omicron It did not translate into the number of hospitalizations.”
“The problem with the NHS is not the scale [the] Seriously ill elderly [with] The number of Covid cases is large, but in addition to the existing pressure, there are also the number of employee absenteeism and Covid general admissions,” Hopson added. “This still greatly affects the NHS. “