Inghilterra Pazienti Covid quasi SETTE VOLTE inferiori alla seconda ondata

ESCLUSIVO: Il numero di pazienti inglesi Covid che finiscono in ospedale è ora SETTE VOLTE inferiore rispetto alla devastante seconda ondata, come mostrano i dati Omicron ora compensa 90% of new cases in EVERY region

  • MailOnline analysis of official data shows 1.5% of Covid cases during the Omicron wave are hospitalised
  • Per confronto, quasi 8% of those who tested positive during the Delta wave last winter were admitted
  • And the number of patients on mechanical ventilators is a fifth of the level seen 12 mesi fa, le cifre mostrano
  • The data adds to previous findings that the hospitalisation risk with Omicron is significantly less
  • Boris Johnson today said Omicron is ‘obviously milderthan Delta, so further restrictions are not yet needed
  • Seven times fewer Covid ‘casesare ending up in hospital now compared to England’s devastating second wave, official data suggests as proof that Omicron is milder continues to pile up.

    No10’s own advisers feared the ultra-infectious variant could overwhelm the NHS, which prompted calls for Boris Johnson to adopt tougher restrictions.

    But mounting evidence now shows the strain causes less severe disease than previous strains, which the PM today used to justify his refusal to tighten curbs.

    And MailOnline’s analysis of UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data adds to the slew of statistics that suggest the days of the UK recording several hundred deaths a day are ‘history’.

    The proportion of Covid cases ending up in hospital a week later now stands at just 1.5 per cento, rispetto a 10.9 per cent during the depths of the country’s Delta crisis last January and February.

    Experts told MailOnline immunity from vaccination and prior infection means ‘what we’re seeing this winter is a very different picture— but warned hospitalisations and deaths could still tick upwards in the coming weeks.

    Nel frattempo, separate figures show five times fewer Covid-infected patients are hooked up to ventilators now than during the NHS’s darkest days fighting Delta. And data from South Africa — the first country to fall victim to the variant — shows Omicron is causing just a quarter of the number of deaths seen before it took hold.

    The Prime Minister today said Omicron — which now makes up 90 per cent of cases in all nine regions of England — is ‘obviously milderthan previous strains, labelling it as one of the main reasons as to why he has opted against tightening restrictions.

    Scozia, Wales and Northern Ireland have all imposed new measures on socialising to combat the ultra-infectious variant. Nicola Sturgeon today insisted it was ‘prudentand ‘essentialto take action to ‘avoid the sheer volume of cases overwhelming us’.

    But in another sign of hope, MailOnline today revealed that experts are hopeful the outbreak in London may have already peaked. It would mirror the same trend seen in the ‘ground zeroof South Africa, if it comes to fruition.

    The number of Covid patients in hospitals across England is on the rise, con 9,546 under NHS care yesterday. But the figure less than half of that recorded on the same day last winter, when 20,426 were in hospitals, and less than a third of the number seen at the peak of the Delta wave, quando 34,336 were in hospital

    The number of Covid patients in hospitals across England is on the rise, con 9,546 under NHS care yesterday. But the figure less than half of that recorded on the same day last winter, quando 20,426 were in hospitals, and less than a third of the number seen at the peak of the Delta wave, quando 34,336 were in hospital

    Despite the number of patients in hospital rising, those requiring mechanical ventilation beds has remained flat. In giro 750 people were on ventilators yesterday, compared 1,641 on the same day last year and 3,736 at the Delta peak

    Despite the number of patients in hospital rising, those requiring mechanical ventilation beds has remained flat. In giro 750 people were on ventilators yesterday, compared 1,641 on the same day last year and 3,736 at the Delta peak

    Speaking to reporters during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Milton Keynes today, Boris Johnson ha detto: 'The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You are seeing cases rising in hospitals. But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are'

    Speaking to reporters during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Milton Keynes today, Boris Johnson ha detto: ‘The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You are seeing cases rising in hospitals. But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are

    Did London’s Covid outbreak peak an entire WEEK before Christmas?

    Covid cases in Omicron-hotspot London may have peaked a week before Christmas, dicono gli scienziati.

    Slightly more than 30,000 people living in the capital tested positive on December 21 before the number fell for two consecutive days, causing the city’s average infection rate to flatten off. Cases are already trending down in some of the worst-hit boroughs.

    One of the Government’s own advisers told MailOnline it was possible rates were dropping because of a ‘genuine declinein cases, mirroring the same trend seen in South Africa — the first country in the world to fall victim to the variant, where infections now appear to be in freefall.

    Other experts urged caution over the figures, saying they could be skewed by fewer tests being carried out over the Christmas period. Statisticians, però, insisted the rate will ‘eventuallyfall but it was ‘really difficultto say when.

    Despite Covid infection rates appearing to level off in London, they are still at the highest levels seen throughout the pandemic.

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) statistics show almost 3 per cent of people living in Lambeth tested positive for the virus in the week ending December 23. That tally only takes into account people who were swabbed, and up to half of the infected never get tested.

    The Omicron-fuelled wave of infections seen in London, where the variant first took hold in the UK, are expected to play out across the country in the coming weeks. All the other regions are now seeing a sustained increase in cases. Ministers have already ruled out imposing regional restrictions to fight Omicron.

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    Data from the UKHSA — the agency in charge of the Government’s Covid statistics — shows 71,210 people tested positive for Covid on December 19.

    Scientists say there’s approximately a week lag between someone testing positive and being admitted to hospital.

    Per questa ragione, Government officials compare the two figures — cases by specimen data vs hospital admissions exactly a week later — to work out a rough hospitalisation rate.

    Virologists say it’s impossible to use this data to work out the exact proportion of infected patients who end up in hospital because of a variety of factors.

    UKHSA data also shows there were 1,374 new Covid NHS admissions in England on December 26, the most recent day figures are available for.

    This data suggests around 1.9 per cent of cases end up in hospital a week later, but the average daily figure now stands at 1.5 per cent when day-to-day fluctuations in data are removed.

    Per confronto, in febbraio 12, 10,576 people tested positive and 1,068 were admitted to hospital a week later, equating to a 10.9 per cent hospitalisation rate — seven times higher than the current figure.

    But the rates are skewed by testing rates, con intorno 600,000 swabs being carried out every day then compared to 1.5million now.

    Dr Alexander Edwards, an associate professor in biomedical technology at Reading University, told MailOnline the high level of immunity from vaccination and high levels of previous infection ‘gives us a far stronger chance of wiping out the virus before it can cause more serious illness’.

    Egli ha detto: 'Di conseguenza, what we’re seeing this winter is a very different picture.

    ‘We’re still seeing incredibly high numbers of infection, but far fewer people getting ill enough to need hospital treatment.

    But Dr Edwards warned Omicron can still cause ‘really nasty diseaseand the country could still see ‘hospital overload and tragically, may still see increases in death rates’.

    ‘The incredibly rapid rise in Omicron cases happened so recently that we’d only start to see these numbers coming through in the next week or two,’ Ha aggiunto.

    Several real-world studies have already found Omicron — which has now been found in around 90 different countries —to be milder than previous strains of the virus.

    The UKHSA found people who catch the super-mutant variant are up to 45 per cent less likely to be admitted to A&E and up to 70 per cent less likely to be hospitalised.

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed 129,471 people tested positive in England over the last 24 ore, su 43 per cent on last week's figure of 90,629 — which included case numbers for the other home nations as well

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed 129,471 people tested positive in England over the last 24 ore, su 43 per cent on last week’s figure of 90,629 — which included case numbers for the other home nations as well

    The daily death figures were also affected by reporting blips over the festive period, confusing the true state of the current Covid outbreak

    The daily death figures were also affected by reporting blips over the festive period, confusing the true state of the current Covid outbreak

    Ministers ‘will NOT impose regional restrictions to fight Omicron

    Ministers have ruled out regional lockdowns to tackle the Omicron coronavirus variant, secondo i rapporti – meaning that all of Britain could pay the price for some Londoners not getting jabbed.

    A return to regional restrictions, such as tierswhich were credited with slowing the virus but ultimately failed to head off a third national lockdown will not go ahead, reports The Times.

    A Government source told the newspaper: ‘We are not looking at doing regional restrictions. That is not on the table.

    Referring to regional curbs, another source added: ‘It is difficult for people to understand because of different sets of rules. We want one set of rules for everyone in the country, which is easier for people to understand.

    The move could result in regulations being imposed on parts of the UK with comparatively low hospital admissions to areas such as London, where medics fear that rate could increase in the coming weeks due to a lag between people getting infected and becoming severely ill.

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    And a study in South Africa found people who catch Omicron are 80 per cent less likely to be hospitalised than those who catch Delta, e 70 per cent less likely to be admitted to ICU or put on a ventilator compared to those who caught Delta in early 2020.

    Data on patients who are admitted to hospital also suggests that Omicron infections are less severe than previous Covid strains.

    Del 9,546 people in hospitals across England yesterday, 758 were on mechanical ventilation beds (7.9 per cento).

    Per confronto, 3,736 patients were on ventilators at the peak last winter — five times as many as now — out of 32,907 pazienti (11.4 per cento).

    It comes after a top expert yesterday said Omicron is ‘not the same disease we were seeing a year ago.

    Sir John Bell, a world-leading immunologist and former Government adviser, said high Covid death rates were now consigned to ‘history’.

    In response to the growing evidence, Mr Johnson today said Omicron is ‘obviously milderthan previously-dominant Delta.

    Speaking to reporters during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Milton Keynes, Mr Johnson said the vaccine rollout has allowed England to resist imposing further Covid restrictions, despite the other three UK nations bringing in strict curbs.

    Egli ha detto: ‘The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You are seeing cases rising in hospitals.

    ‘But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are.

    Asked why England had acted differently to the devolved nations, Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘I think that we’ve looked at the balance of the risks together, we generally concert our strategies together, we see the data showing that, sì, the cases are rising and, sì, hospitalisations are rising, but what is making a huge difference is the level of booster resistance or level of vaccine-induced resistance in the population.

    ‘What we need to do now is really finish off that work. I’ve no doubt at all that by January 1, by the New Year, every adult in the country will have been offered the slot to get a booster. They’ll be given a slot to get one.

    ‘The question is, are we getting people coming forward to take advantage of those slots? And that’s what needs to happen.

    dell'Inghilterra 1,374 hospitalisation figure on Boxing Day was up nearly 50 per cent on the previous Sunday. It marked England’s highest daily toll since February, during the darkest days of the country’s devastating second wave.

    But a senior health official called for caution in misinterpreting the figures, warning hospitals were now recording more ‘incidentalcases due to the rapid spread of Omicron.

    Did London’s Covid outbreak peak an entire WEEK before Christmas? Capital’s cases began to flatten out on Dec 18 as official figures show up to 3% of people in worst-hit boroughs tested positive in final week before Xmas Eve

    Covid cases in Omicron-hotspot Londra may have peaked a week before Natale, dicono gli scienziati.

    Slightly more than 30,000 people living in the capital tested positive on December 21 before the number fell for two consecutive days, causing the city’s average infection rate to flatten off. Cases are already trending down in some of the worst-hit boroughs.

    One of the Government’s own advisers told MailOnline it was possible rates were dropping because of a ‘genuine declinein cases, mirroring the same trend seen in South Africa — the first country in the world to fall victim to the variant, where infections now appear to be in freefall.

    Other experts urged caution over the figures, saying they could be skewed by fewer tests being carried out over the Christmas period. Statisticians, però, insisted the rate will ‘eventuallyfall but it was ‘really difficultto say when.

    Despite Covid infection rates appearing to level off in London, they are still at the highest levels seen throughout the pandemic.

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) statistics show almost 3 per cent of people living in Lambeth tested positive for the virus in the week ending December 23. That tally only takes into account people who were swabbed, and up to half of the infected never get tested.

    The Omicron-fuelled wave of infections seen in London, where the variant first took hold in the UK, are expected to play out across the country in the coming weeks. All the other regions are now seeing a sustained increase in cases. Ministers have already ruled out imposing regional restrictions to fight Omicron.

    But hospitalisations and deaths – the key measurements monitored by ministers to determine whether tougher curbs are required to control the spread of the virus – are still a fraction of the levels seen last winter.

    Coronavirus admissions in London have doubled in a fortnight, quale, coupled with rising staff absences among NHS staff, has piled pressure on hospitals. But daily hospitalisations are still below the 400-a-day level that could trigger a Government intervention.

    NHS leaders have warned many admissions are incidental as they include people admitted for routine surgery or other conditions but coincidentally test positive for Covid. But they fear the Covid hospitalisation figures will still increase over the coming weeks.

    Infection rates per 100,000 people in London boroughs during the week to December 16
    Infection rates per 100,000 people in London boroughs during the week to December 23
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    In the week to December 23 (second image), 2.8 per cent of people in Lambeth (2,874 per 100,000) tested positive, followed by 2.6 per cent in Wandsworth and Southwark (2,686 e 2,621 per 100,000) e 2.5 per cent in Lewisham (2,531 per 100,000) . But these boroughs had some of the lowest week-on-week growth in infection rates compared to the week to December 16 (first image), suggesting the capital’s outbreak is flattening. Cases rose 11 per cent in Wandsworth, 15 per cent in Lambeth, 25 per cent in Southwark and 43 per cent in Lewisham

    Cases rose by 12 per cent in the week ending December 23 in Wandsworth, 15 per cent in Lambeth, 25 per cent in Southwark and 43 per cent in Lewisham – the areas with the highest infection rate

    Cases rose by 12 per cent in the week ending December 23 in Wandsworth, 15 per cent in Lambeth, 25 per cent in Southwark and 43 per cent in Lewisham – the areas with the highest infection rate

    Ministers are thought to be watching admissions in Omicron hotspot London closely, with a breach of 400 expected to trigger further restrictions nationwide. The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to the capital on Boxing Day, su 73 per cent on the week before

    Ministers are thought to be watching admissions in Omicron hotspot London closely, with a breach of 400 expected to trigger further restrictions nationwide. The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to the capital on Boxing Day, su 73 per cent on the week before

    No10 rules out cutting Covid self-isolation to five days

    Ministers today revealed there are no plans to cut the Covid self-isolation period to just five days, despite fears that crippling staff shortages will threaten the NHS and other vital parts of the economy.

    Scienziati, MPs and business leaders have lined up to urge Boris Johnson to follow the USexample by once again reducing the time spent in quarantine.

    But the Government has said there are ‘no further changes’ pianificato. Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, health and work, said the current seven-day isolation span was the ‘rightlength of time.

    No10 only last week slashed the quarantine period in England from ten days to seven for those who test negative two days in a row. Scozia, Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to make any changes.

    But late on Monday, American health officials announced they would cut their isolation time for positive cases to just five days – provided people were showing no symptoms, piling pressure on the UK to follow suit.

    Sir John Bell, a world-leading immunologist and former Government adviser, yesterday revealed he would back a similar move in the UK, as long as people still recorded negative lateral flow results. Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, went further, calling for strict isolation rules to be scrapped altogether ‘sooner rather than later’.

    But others urged No10 to avoid ‘rushing intocutting isolation times. Any decision to cut the quarantine period to five days ‘would have to be based on very clear evidencethat it will not drive a rise in infections, one NHS leader said.

    This is despite health bosses warning that NHS staffing shortages are a ‘bigger problemthan rising coronavirus admissions.

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    The UKHSA has published positive Covid infections for the four subsequent days up to December 27 in London but these figures are incomplete.

    They will be revised upwards as more positive tests are registered and backdated in the coming days.

    The most up-to-date accurate figure is for December 23 (27,218). This was down on the two days before (28,696 e 30,269).

    Boroughs with the highest infection rate have also seen cases flatten out in recent days.

    In the week to December 23, 2.8 per cent of people in Lambeth tested positive for the virus, followed by 2.6 per cent in both Wandsworth and Southwark.

    But these boroughs had some of the lowest week-on-week growth.

    Cases rose just 15 per cent in Lambeth, 25 per cent in Southwark and 43 per cent in Lewisham.

    Per confronto, in the week to December 16, cases jumped by between 166 e 265 per cent in the boroughs.

    però, the week-on-week growth rate doesn’t take into account more recent infection trends which show rates heading down in several boroughs.

    Case rates are heavily skewed by testing, which has left many experts cautious about interpreting the London infection numbers.

    The capital carried out around 270,000 tests per day in the week before Christmas, and test positivity — which measures the number of samples containing the virus — continued to rise.

    One in four people who took a PCR test in the week to December 22 were infected with the virus, compared to one in 16 before Omicron swept across the city.

    Professor Peter Openshaw, an immunologist at Imperial College London and SAGE scientist, ha detto a MailOnline: ‘There are many reasons for the apparent decline, a genuine decline being amongst them.

    ‘I hope this is good news, but really urge caution,’ Ha aggiunto.

    Christmas inevitably caused data glitches and packed indoor New Year celebrations could push cases upwards, Professor Openshaw said.

    Professor Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, ha detto a MailOnline, it is ‘difficult to saywhether cases have peaked in London, as testing patterns likely changed over Christmas, which can ‘feed through into confirmed case numbers’.

    And the drop in infections seen after December 21 is likely following the weekly pattern in cases, which usually peak on Tuesday or Wednesday, rather than ‘definite evidence of a change in the trend’, Egli ha detto.

    Professor McConway said: ‘London cases will certainly begin to fall eventually, as the virus runs out of people to infect.

    ‘It’s reasonably clear that case numbers in London are at least rising more slowly, but we just can’t be sure when the peak is reached – not yet anyway.

    The positivity rate in London will ‘eventually fall, but it’s really difficult to say when’, due to uncertainty with infection trends and testing patterns in London, Ha aggiunto.

    Cases of Covid in South Africa are continuing to fall, as the wave caused by Omicron appears to burn itself out. Paese, which was one of the first in the world to fall victim to Omicron, hit its peak in the seven days to December 17, when an average of 23,437 casi sono stati registrati. But by Monday, the number had plummeted by 38 per cento a 14,390 casi

    Cases of Covid in South Africa are continuing to fall, as the wave caused by Omicron appears to burn itself out. Paese, which was one of the first in the world to fall victim to Omicron, hit its peak in the seven days to December 17, when an average of 23,437 casi sono stati registrati. But by Monday, the number had plummeted by 38 per cento a 14,390 casi

    Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline cases in London ‘probably haven’t peaked yetbecause positive cases in the week before Christmas ‘will be down somewhat on actual numbers because people are less likely to go for a test even if symptomatic in the few days before a bank holiday’.

    It is never clear whether changes in cases are ‘real or notaround bank holidays, Egli ha detto.

    Covid lateral flows ARE less effective at spotting Omicron, US officials fear

    Covid lateral flow tests may be less effective at detecting Omicron , US health chiefs have warned.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA ) said new laboratory findings indicated the rapid kits — which give results in as little as 15 minutes — could still spot the highly-infectious variant.

    But bosses warned they may have reduced sensitivity, meaning they could wrongly tell more infected people they are free of the virus.

    Doubts over the tests come as ministers and health officials in the UK urge people to take a lateral flow test before going out to meet people in an attempt to reduce the chances of people unknowingly passing the virus on to others.

    Scores of Britons have complained over the Christmas period that they received a negative lateral flow result only later to test PCR positive.

    But the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has insisted that data shows lateral flow tests are just effective at detecting Omicron.

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    Professor Hunter added: ‘London I think is particularly difficult as I believe many people leave London to be with their families over Christmas.

    ‘Also with schools being closed so fewer people may be doing regular lateral flow tests.

    ‘The proportion of London tests positive on 22nd December was 24.9 per cent up from 24.2 per cent the day before so probably hasn’t peaked yet.

    però, deaths in the capital have remained somewhat static, with an average of 12 deaths per day within four weeks of a positive test recorded so far in December, rispetto a 11 per day in November.

    In giro 70 daily deaths were registered at the same time last year in London and fatalities peaked at more than 200 last winter.

    But hospitalisationswhich ministers are watching closely, with a breach of 400 per day in London expected to trigger further restrictions nationwide – Spettacoli 374 people were admitted in hospitals across the city on Boxing Day, su 73 per cent on the week before.

    The trend in admissions lags two to three weeks behind the pattern in cases, due to the time it takes someone to become seriously unwell after testing positive.

    Ma il 374 daily admissions on December 26 is much lower than the 607 people admitted on the same day in London last year and well below the city’s peak of 977 last winter.

    And among patients who were hospitalised with a confirmed Omicron infection in London, 40 per cent were unvaccinated, according to the UKHSA.

    NHS leaders have cautioned against over interpreting the number of Covid patients admitted to hospital, as they inflate the real impact of the patients on the health service.

    Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, yesterday said: ‘Trust leaders are watching their current hospital admissions data very closely.

    ‘Talking to chief executives this morning, the sense is that admissions are rising but not precipitately so. What’s particularly interesting is how many chief executives are talking about the number of asymptomatic patients being admitted to hospital for other reasons and then testing positive for Covid.

    ‘Trusts are not, al momento, reporting large numbers of patients with Covid type respiratory problems needing critical care or massively increased use of oxygen, both of which we saw in January’s Delta variant peak.

    ‘We should therefore be cautious about over interpreting current Covid admission data.He added that trusts are ‘preparing for the worst and hoping for the best’.

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