UK Covid epicentre no longer London as NHS announces critical incident due to Omicron

UK Covid epicentre no longer London as NHS announces critical incident due to Omicron

The Covid epicentre is no longer London after the North West of England reported a high number of infections.

This latest development comes from the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) latest surveillance report, which has also shown that the uptake of booster jabs is slowing in every age group.

Covid cases are rising across the North West, in areas such as the Lake District, Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

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This comes after a ‘critical incident’ was declared at the North West NHS trusts two days ago following a rise in cases that has led to staff shortages.

According to ITV, non-urgent surgeries and other appointments are being cancelled across North West hospitals.

A Covid testing centre in Leytonstone, East London

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are two of several trusts that have declared incidents.

Across the UK, a further 194,747 people tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (January 5), compared to 48,031 new cases the day before.

Specifically in London, there were 22,558 cases detected compared to 5,255 yesterday, bringing the grand total of cases in the capital to 1,922,487 so far.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday that the Omicron variant “continues to surge through the country” and pressure on the NHS would last for weeks.

Sir Chris Whitty has also warned hospitals will be under “very substantial pressure” over the coming weeks and months.

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