The United Kingdom in the eye of the Omicron storm
The United Kingdom recorded this Thursday a total of 88,376 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, a new record since the beginning of the pandemic, after the more than 78,000 of the day before.
The country is one of the most affected in Europe by Covid-19 with 146,937 deaths, and is facing a rapid progression of the Omicron variant, which is about to become the majority of the recorded contaminations.
According to the Scottish First Minister, the Omicron variant is responsible for 45% of the almost 6,000 cases of infection recorded in the last 24 hours. Nicola Sturgeon estimates that Omicron will be in the majority tomorrow, which could also “lead to an even more rapid increase in the number of cases”.
New restrictions will come into force this Friday in Scotland, to try to avoid an epidemic “tsunami” at Christmas time.
Thomas Frank, coach of Brentford where 13 players and staff members have tested positive for Covid-19, called on Thursday for the postponement of the 18th Premier League matchday this weekend to allow teams to stop the spread of the virus.
“The number of Covid cases is exploding at every club. Everyone is facing this (…) Postponing this day and also (the quarterfinals of) the League Cup (scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday) would leave everyone at least a week or four or five days to disinfect and do whatever is needed in the training centers,” he pleaded.
Brentford is scheduled to play Southampton on Saturday, while the Premier League on Monday announced a weekly record of positive Covid tests since the widespread testing in May 2020 with 42 positive samples out of 3,805 tests among players and staff.