A record 1.7million people had COVID-19 by last weekend with one in 20 people infected in Omicron hotspot London, official data showed on Friday, December 24, 2021, figures from Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
Nationally there were 1.69million infections per day in the week up to December 19 – last Sunday – rising 55 per cent compared to the previous week.
The survey – based on swabs of more than 555,000 people – is regarded as the most reliable indicator of Britain’s COVID-19 pandemic because it uses random sampling rather than relying on people coming forward for tests.
Despite there being a record number of infections last week, the ONS’ findings are out of step with gloomy Government modelling that has suggested Omicron was doubling nationally every two days. London is being battered hardest by the new variant, with ten of the worst hit postcodes in England located within a three square mile stretch between Wandsworth and Lambeth. The ten areas have an average infection rate of 3,619 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 838 per 100,000 in the rest of the country. Daily Mail