Government staffers did not release Covid figures for England from December 25 to 26, as the holidays interfered with data across the board. Over Christmas, testing, vaccines, healthcare, and deaths data went without update across the four nations. Today’s provides the best snapshot of the country, but the latest dataset remains incomplete.
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The latest Covid data shows a subtle decline in the number of cases England-wide.
On December 27, figures show 98,515 new infections, boosting the seven-day rate to 178,607, or 1,095.2 people per 100,000.
Hospitals admitted a further 1,171 people, and 143 people have died from the disease.
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England is currently splitting its burden unevenly across its nine principal regions.
While the national rate has settled at 1,095.2 for the time being, regions breakdowns provide a much different picture.
Some areas, namely London, have far higher caseloads, nearly twice the national average.
And some are dealing with far fewer, reaching half the UK’s total.
The current regional breakdown by case rates per 100,000 people is as follows:
- London: 2,016.4
- East of England: 1,269.5
- South East: 1,173.1
- North West: 1,084
- East Midlands: 965.6
- West Midlands: 791.9
- South West: 759.8
- Yorkshire and The Humber: 735.8
- North East: 600.1
The data confirms what health experts have warned for the last few weeks; that Omicron has London in a vice grip.
Before Christmas, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed 9.5 percent of those living in the capital had tested positive.
Those figures translate to a rate of roughly one in 10 people, while the rest of the country reported just one in 35.
While the latest data shows a gentle but – on the surface – promising decline elsewhere, people shouldn’t start celebrating yet.
The Government posted the dataset in an “incomplete” state, according to a note posted on its Covid dashboard.
The note, which came with the latest dataset, stated consistency of “cases data” for different areas would vary for “both publish and specimen date metrics”.
In reality, the UK’s case distribution may be much higher than it appears.
Regardless of its current state, the Government has opted against any further Covid restrictions, for the time being, the BBC confirmed today.
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