UK passes 150,000 Covid-19 death mark

On Saturday, the United Kingdom passed the symbolic threshold for the death of 150,000 people with the Covid-19 virus since the beginning of the epidemic.

It is one of the most bereaved countries in Europe. The United Kingdom recorded 313 new deaths due to Covid-19 on Saturday 8 January, bringing the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in this country to 150,057.

“Coronavirus is taking a heavy toll on our country and today the death toll recorded has reached 150,000,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.

In a few words on a black background, in another tweet, he sent a message of condolence, stressing that “everyone who died” remains a great loss to affected families, friends and communities.

Only Russia has a higher death toll of about 315,000.

It underwent a few weeks of recording contamination due to the prevalence of the Omicron variant, and thus the country passed a symbolic bar.

However, the number of infections has decreased for several days: according to figures published by the government, 146,390 cases were registered on Saturday within 24 hours.

Even if there are fewer people in hospital at the moment (18,454 people on Saturday) than in previous waves, the pressure on the health system remains very strong.

Hospitals under pressure

According to NHS England, more than 39,000 cases of hospital staff absenteeism, in isolation due to Covid-19 infection or contact status, were recorded on January 2, or 59% more in one week and three times more than in early December. .

That includes more than 4,700 cases of absenteeism in London, which has been the epicenter of the new wave of infections.

The British government announced on Friday that several hundred soldiers will be deployed to reinforce British hospitals and ambulance services to mitigate this growing absenteeism.

About 1,800 troops have already been deployed across the UK, mainly to support vaccination efforts and ambulance services.

For now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to impose new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus in addition to working remotely and wearing an existing mask, with an eye on testing and the vaccination campaign.

Already this made it possible to give two doses to 82% of those over 12 years of age, and 35 million people benefited from the booster campaign, which was carried out aggressively (about 60% of those over 12 years of age).

with AFP

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