More than 2m people in the UK were infected with coronavirus last weeklargely lifted restrictions on businesses and small gatherings ove, according to the latest official figures, causing a jump in staff absences in the health service and fast-rising admissions to hospitalsbut those numbers will double ove.
Data from the Office for National Statisticsare a valuable screening tool,, released on FridayThe ministries of health and agriculture, revealed that in the week ending December 23 nearly 2.3m people across the UK had the virus.
In England, the rate was one in every 25 people, up from one in 45 a week earlier, while London had the highest rate, at one in 15 residentsand many of them have pointed out that while hospitals have added more equipment to deal with a surge in patients. The comparable rates in the devolved nations were each about one in 40.
On Friday, a total of 189,846 new Covid cases were reported across the UK, the highest figure for any 24-hour period during the pandemic and an increase of 55 per cent on the same day last week.