COVID-19: UK records 81,713 cases and 287 deaths in the last 24 hours | UK News

The UK has recorded 81,713 COVID cases and 287 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period.

It follows 99,652 positive cases and 270 deaths (of persons within 28 days after the first test positive for COVID-19) reported yesterday.

This was down from 335 deaths reported Thursday and 398 deaths reported Wednesday.

The British Health Security Agency believes in England’s R-number is now between 1.1 and 1.5 – which means that every 10th infected with coronavirus will, on average, transmit the disease to between 11 and 15 other people.

Since it remains above 1, it means that the virus is still growing instead of shrinking.

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Meanwhile, the weekly Coronavirus Infection Survey, collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows that the percentage of people testing positive for the virus in the UK continues to rise.

In the week ending January 6 – the latest figures available – the ONS estimated that 3,735,000 people had COVID-19, or about one in 15 people.

In Wales, the figure was 169,100 people – or about one in 20; in Northern Ireland, the figure was 99,200 people – or one in 20; and in Scotland in the week ending January 7, it was 297,400 people – or one in 20.

The Omicron variant has become dominant and has continued to rise across the four nations, while the Delta variant has “fallen to very low levels”, the ONS added.

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How will we live with COVID?

ONE wave of Omicron cases is possible during the summer as people resume social activities and the effects of the vaccines diminish, according to scientists advising the government.

Experts from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said the exact timing and magnitude of the “exit wave” is “highly dependent on both population behavior and the extent of the current wave and cannot be predicted with any certainty”.

According to modeling, the projection is between less than 1,000 admissions each day in the next wave to around 2,000 each day, whose plan B restrictions remain in place until the end of January and are followed by a gradual return to socializing.

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