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Infections down in London, but rising in other parts of UK: Javid

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has told the House of Commons that infections are falling in London and East of London though infections are rising in other parts of the country
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Photo: UK government

London, Jan 13 (MNN) Sounding a note of caution, the UK government has told the House of Commons that infections are falling in London and East of London though infections are rising in other parts of the country.

“According to the ONS data published just yesterday there are encouraging signs that infections are falling in London and the East of England.

“But we’re still seeing infections rise in other parts of the country and the data does not yet reflect the impact of people returning to work and school,” Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said in his oral statement on Thursday to provide an update on government’s Covid-19 response.

He pointed out that Omicron’s far greater transmissibility still has the potential to lead to significant numbers of people in hospital.

“There’s already almost 17,000 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England, and due to the lag between infections and hospitalisations, the NHS will remain under significant pressure over the next few weeks.

“It is encouraging, however, that during this wave we have not seen any increase in Covid-19 intensive care patients and there are already early signs that the rate of hospitalisation is starting to slow.

“We know that Omicron is less severe but no-one should be under any illusions it is severe for anyone that ends up in hospital and that’s far more likely if you haven’t had the jab.”

He asserted that the nation must remain vigilant and keep fortifying the pharmaceutical defences built some of the strongest in the world.

Javid pointed out that the primary defence against the coronavirus is vaccination.
“79 per cent of eligible adults have now had a booster, including over 91 per cent of over 50s who we know are more vulnerable to the virus. Per capita, we’re the most boosted large country in the world.

“Data from UKHSA published on Friday shows that around three months after those aged 65 and over received their booster their protection against hospitalisation remains at around 90 per cent.”

The Secretary said these vaccines don’t just protect individuals and their loved ones but they protect the country’s progress too.

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