UK Covid: Another somber milestone has been reached, as the number of deaths has surpassed 150,000, according to new data.
Since the pandemic began, the UK has recorded more than 150,000 Covid-related deaths within 28 days of a positive result.
According to the most recent government statistics, 313 more people died today (Saturday), bringing the total number of people killed to 150,057.
As the Omicron continues to spread, around 146,390 new cases have been reported in the UK.
As of 9 a.m. today, the UK had 146,390 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases.
According to separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics, there have now been 174,000 deaths in the UK with a COVID-19 reference on the death certificate.
During the previous week, 1.227 million people tested positive for COVID-19, up 10.6% from the week before, while 1,271 people died, up 38.3%.
After the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico, and Peru, the United Kingdom is the seventh country to reach 150,000 deaths.
This comes after the NHS experienced a record number of staff absences following the holiday season.
According to the most recent data, on January 2, around 39,142 acute trust staff in England were absent due to Covid illness or isolation, up from 24,197 on Christmas Day.
It’s also more than double the 18,829 employees who worked in December and more than triple the 12,240 employees who worked on December 12th.
Acute, mental health, specialist, and community trusts manage all NHS hospitals, which provide services such as accident and emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient medicine and surgery, and in some cases, very specialized medical care.
Just before New Year’s Eve, the NHS’s absences peaked, with 40,654 employees absent due to Covid-related illnesses.
This follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s admission that the Omicron wave will cause some hospitals to become “temporarily overwhelmed.”
Despite promising to do “whatever it takes” to keep the NHS from collapsing, he has failed to deliver.
Mr Johnson has directed the Armed Forces to assist the health service, which is dealing with an increase in hospital admissions.
To deal with the high staff shortages, London will be receiving 40 military medics and 160 general duty personnel.
Military personnel will be deployed in the capital as a “mixture of medics, porterage, and these kinds of things,” according to Paul Scully, the Minister for London.
According to Air Commodore John Lyle, the Army has handled over 400 requests for individual assistance.
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