London Covid: Cases ‘peak’ as capital records less than 100,000 for first time in weeks

London recorded fewer than 100,000 new Covid-19 infections for the first time in weeks, indicating that virus cases are no longer rising.

A government health adviser said cases in the capital were finally “stabilizing”, after cases of the Omicron variant surged in the south of England in recent weeks.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), who made the comments, is among a number of health experts who are feeling optimistic as they see the cases are starting to flatten across the UK, reports the MailOnline.

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Speaking to Radio 4’s Today program this morning (Saturday January 15), Dr Hopkins said it was ‘good’ to see the number of cases stabilizing in parts of the UK, but cases savvy are still relatively high.

One in 15 people in England are currently still infected with Covid, and one in 20 in the rest of the UK.

But according to new government data released yesterday (January 14), positive cases recorded in the UK had fallen below 100,000 for the first time in weeks, to 99,652 on Friday, as infections fell day by day for nine consecutive days.

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid had also remained stable since the previous week, with the most recent data recording around 2,423 new admissions on January 10.

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Dr Hopkins told Radio 4: “We’re seeing infections leveling off in the community, which is good, in London and the south east and east of England.

“There are still uprisings, but much slower in the north of the country.

“All of this means that we are seeing a slowdown in the number of hospital admissions, but they are slowing rather than reversing at the moment, so there are still over 2,000 hospital admissions across the country. UK, and nearly 2,500 yesterday.”

In another show of optimism, Dr Hopkins added that hospitals had discharged patients with Omicron “faster” due to the variant’s milder symptoms than previous variants.

However, she said the NHS remained under “a lot of pressure” due to staff absences, with some trusts “unable to do much of their elective care”, a situation exacerbated by staff absences.

Another health expert, Professor Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh and chief social policy adviser to the Scottish government, told BBC Breakfast she was optimistic to see the cases from Omicron in the UK to “stabilize”.

However, Professor Bauld issued a similar warning that the number of patients in hospital was still “very high”.

She added: “I think we have more data this week that suggests more optimism, and hopefully as we continue the trajectory will be consistent and we can feel that we have come through what has been a period. really, really difficult.”

Dr Chris Smith, a consultant virologist and lecturer based at the University of Cambridge, echoed Prof Bauld’s sentiments that the current coronavirus data gives us “great cause for optimism”.

Referring to the stagnating number of hospitalizations over the past week, as well as the rollout of vaccinations, the professor said it gave him hope that recently: “We don’t see this strong link between cases turn into consequences”.

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