The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 148,600 deaths, records infection records every day (more than 189,000 on Friday).
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, although authorities maintain that, for now, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus appears to be causing less severe forms of covid-19 than the delta variant.
“the number [de pessoas] In a column published in the Daily Mail, Minister Sajid Javid said he is in intensive care stable and is not, for the time being, following the path we saw last year in this period, during the alpha wave.
With the country “in a much stronger position” due to a massive campaign to promote a covid-19 vaccine, the government has decided not to impose new restrictions during the holiday season in England, unlike in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Our freedom should be restricted only as a last resort,” Javid told the newspaper.
The British minister stressed the “exorbitant cost of confinement to the health, social and economic sectors,” considering that the means of “coexisting with the virus” can be provided through vaccination, treatment arsenal and comprehensive examination.
The minister admitted, however, that the health service will “inevitably” come under pressure in the coming weeks due to the “sharp increase” in hospitalization cases.
The Daily Telegraph indicated, today, that the British government may extend the recommendation to work remotely, in force since mid-December, until January.
For the New Year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had reached the official goal of providing a booster dose to all adults by the end of December, even though more than 70% had received it in England.
According to a study by the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) published on Friday, patients with the Omicron variant who received a booster vaccine had an 81% lower risk of hospitalization compared to unvaccinated people.
Faced with the surge in admissions, Britain’s Public Health Service has announced that it is setting up temporary structures to open hundreds of beds, in preparation for the “worst case”.
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