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London Covid: Staggering 26k new cases in capital in 24 hours as Omicron surge causes record-breaking total

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Covid cases continue to spiral out of control as London recorded more than 26,000 cases in just 24 hours.

The UK hit an all-time high of 93,045 cases on Friday (December 17) – a spike of 60% on last week.

London’s daily figure is 26,608, meaning the capital accounts for 28% of all cases in the country, as the Omicron variant runs riot.

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Department of Health figures show another 111 people have died from Covid in the UK – 12 in London – as the country faces skyrocketing cases that jeopardise Christmas celebrations.

This week has seen a sharp uptick in cases, with today being the third in a row that the grim figure has been beaten – with 88,376 cases being confirmed yesterday and an additional 78,610 on Wednesday.

The UK has recorded 3,201 new cases of the Omicron variant specifically, up from yesterday’s figure of 1,691.

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It takes the total number of confirmed Omicron cases in the UK to 14,909 – although the true figure is believed to be much higher because not all labs can detect the variant and not everyone will come forward for PCR testing.

England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned yesterday the UK faces another 18 months of Covid misery.

He suggested the number of people in hospital could be “very high indeed” over a short period of time.

And he warned it is “entirely possible” that daily admissions to UK hospitals could top the previous peak of 4,583 – set in the second wave in January.

Parts of the UK have started tightening Covid restrictions, with Wales announcing yesterday that from December 27, nightclubs will be closed and social distancing rules will come back into force.

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