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“There is no new Covid curb in England in 2021”

The UK government will not introduce new Covid-19 restrictions in the UK by the end of 2021, Health Minister Sajid Javid said yesterday.
Partial figures reported by the government yesterday showed 98,515 new cases of Covid-19, but taking into account data from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the cases peaked on 24 December. It may be shown to be just below 122,186.
Nevertheless, Javid said the minister would not take any new steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days.
“There is nothing more to do before the New Year,” Javid told reporters. “Of course, as we approach the New Year, we will see if we need to take further steps.”
He said that highly contagious variants of the virus now account for about 90% of cases across the UK and urged people to carefully celebrate the New Year.
Government attention has focused on the number of patients hospitalized at Omicron after early last week’s data suggested that the mutant reduced the risk of hospitalization.
In the UK, a total of 148,003 people have died within 28 days of the Covid-19 positive test, and 12.2 million positive tests have been reported in previous pandemics.
The UK reported 98,515 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, killing 143 within 28 days of a positive test.
In addition, the data on December 25 shows 113,628 infections, and the data on December 26 shows 108,893 infections.
This data does not include results for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Also, due to differences in reporting practices during Christmas, the Welsh results were only partially included.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707016/No-new-Covid-curbs-for-England-in-2021 “There is no new Covid curb in England in 2021”

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