The UK is saddened by 150,000 deaths but sees glimmer of hope
The glimmer of hope is that the number of daily contaminations seems to be decreasing for several days, after a peak above 200,000 on January 4. Lull or light or end of the tunnel, the total number of hospitalizations is slightly down this Saturday, for the first time since Christmas.
The health crisis itself seems to be subsiding since January 5, although the number of positive cases is still very high, with 146,390 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. The number of positive cases is still very high, with 146,390 cases reported in the last 24 hours, but it seems to be slowly coming down from a peak of more than 218,000 infections, recorded on January 4.
Certainly, the 20,000 people hospitalized with Covid in the UK are putting a lot of pressure on the UK health system, but less than in previous waves. However, the Omicron wave is generating a phenomenon that was less common in previous outbreaks: absences of infected hospital staff are increasing, and are crippling the system.