Government looks set to scrap plan B rules as Covid cases drop by 44% in a week

Covid cases in the UK are down a massive 44 per cent compared to last week.

Latest data released by the government shows there have been 81,713 new Covid infections in the past 24 hours as a further 287 Britons have died from the virus.

This compares to last week’s data, when there were 146,390 new infections – a 44 percent drop. Reports from Mirror Online.

The death toll was also down 8 per cent as 287 were recorded compared to 313 last week.

Today’s numbers follow the trend of yesterday’s numbers, which showed a significant drop in the number of Covid cases week-on-week.

99,652 infections were reported yesterday, a huge 44 percent drop from the 178,250 seen the previous week.

But deaths rose yesterday, with 270 reported on Friday – 41 more than the week before.

Despite experts warning against easing containment measures too soon, it looks like Boris Johnson will lift his Plan B restrictions later this month

The Government introduced several new measures last month as Omicron surged in the UK, as people need Covid passports or negative lateral flow tests to attend some indoor events, wear masks and from home if possible to work out.

Passports and working from home in Whitehall are now widely expected to be lifted for England from January 26, but some face mask rules could remain in place, it was reported The Telegraph.

It is believed that the government could make an announcement lifting the measures next week.

The chief medical adviser to Britain’s Health Security Agency said infections in the south of England are “staging up” – but around one in 15 is still infected.

dr Susan Hopkins also said we are seeing a slowdown in the number of hospital admissions.

dr Hopkins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is still a high rate of infection across the country, around one in 15 in England and around one in 20 elsewhere in the UK.

“We are seeing community infections in London and the south east and east of England plateauing which is good.

“There are still uprisings, but much slower in the northern parts of the country.

“All of this means hospitalizations are slowing but they are slowing rather than reversing at the moment so there are still more than 2,000 hospitalizations across the UK and almost 2,500 yesterday.”

dr Hopkins said hospitals have been able to discharge patients “quicker” because Omicron is milder than previous coronavirus variants, but with around 15,500 people hospitalized over the past week, the NHS remains under “strong pressure”, with some Trusts are “unable to provide much of their elective care,” a situation exacerbated by staff shortages.

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