Covid horror as UK smashes unwanted record with over 122,000 new cases on Christmas Eve

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On December 24, 122,186 new Covid cases were reported, for a total of 11,891,292 since the pandemic. The UK also recorded 137 new deaths within 28 days, for a total of 147,857.

Government data holds another 1,171 people also were hospitalised with Covid.

There will be no statistics on coronavirus cases or vaccinations on December 25 and 26.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) hold an estimated 1.7 million people in the UK had Covid in the week ending December 19.

Interim data published on Christmas Eve hold about one in 35 people in private homes in England had Covid in the week to December 19, the highest since the ONS began estimating community infection levels in May 2020.

Sir Ian Diamond, ONS chief, told BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World At One’ the figures for news infections were “sobering”.

He told the broadcaster London is “clearly the epicentre of the Omicron epidemic” with numbers going up “really steeply”.

Sir Diamond added: “We put these data out today because they are rising so quickly.

“At the moment I think it’s far too early to suggest that we will see anything other than a continued rise.

“It’s worth saying that these are the highest percentages we have seen in England since we started doing this survey in April 2020.”

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