New Figures Show That One in 10 Londoners Are Likely Infected With Coronavirus Plague

* New modelling shows 9.5% of Londoners had COVID on Sunday

* Data underlines rapid advance of Omicron variant

* Model suggests 600,000 in England got COVID in just five days

By Andy Bruce

LONDON, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Around 1 in 10 Londoners were likely infected with COVID-19 on Sunday, according to new official estimates that underlined the relentless advance of the Omicron variant.

Daily modelled estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics showed around 9.5% of Londoners had COVID-19 as of Sunday, within a 95% confidence interval of 8.43% to 10.69%.

The figures came a day after Britain recorded a record number of new coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant swept across the country, with the daily tally reaching 119,789 from 106,122 a day earlier.

The ONS modelling showed an additional 600,000 people in England were infected with COVID in just five days leading up to Sunday, bringing current infections past the 2 million mark. That pushed the infection ratio in England to 1 in 25 people from 1 in 40 on Dec. 14.

Prevalence increased across all parts of the United Kingdom in the run-up to Sunday, according to the latest estimates, the data showed, with Scotland showing the lowest rate of infections at 1 in 65 people.

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Source: MSN