The UK has now exceeded 150,000 coronavirus-related deaths during the pandemic.
The latest update from the UK health authority shows that 150,057 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
In the past 24 hours, the UK recorded another 313 deaths.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK has now registered 174,000 deaths with Covid-19 mentioned on death certificates.
The latest government figures also show an additional 146,390 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9 a.m.
However, as of January 7, a total of 51,919,815 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK.
That is 22,526 more than the day before.
Approximately 47,632,483 second doses were dispensed, an increase of 32,455.
In addition, a total of 35,273,945 booster and third doses were administered, an increase of 207,801 day-to-day.
A senior scientist warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant could make the virus endemic.
Mike Tildesley of the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modeling Group told Times Radio, “The thing that could happen in the future is that you may see a new variant that is less severe and ultimately will be in the long run Covid endemic and you have a less severe version. It’s very similar to the common cold we’ve lived with for many years.
“We’re not quite there yet, but Omicron may be the first ray of light there to suggest that this could happen in the longer term. It’s much more transferable than Delta, of course, which is worrying but a lot less serious.
Hopefully, as spring approaches and we see the backside of Omicron, we can build more relationships between living with Covid as an endemic disease and protecting those in need.
“Every variant that emerges that is ultimately less serious in the longer term is where we want to be.”
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