UK: nearly 2.4 million people have symptomatic Covid
The UK Covid app ZOE is showing another case record in Britain. Nearly 2.4 million people currently have symptomatic Covid, that is, they are reporting symptoms of Covid after a confirmed test.
Britain has also seen over 200,000 people report a NEW Covid infection today, 3rd January 2021.
Inevitably, hospitalizations have started to increase as Britain’s Covid situation continues to spiral out of control:
The British government has decided to mandate masks for schoolkids on their return to school this coming week, and to have 7,000 filters fitted in some of the country’s 32,000 schools after approving basic mitigation work that should have been started in 2020.
As always with the UK government, it’s far too little, far too late.
Not remotely adequate. 1 in 15 primary & 1 in 20 2ndary school children infected as per ONS -returning to school with policies (contacts of cases mandated to attend) that encourage infection. No vaccines for 5-11yrs. No masks in primaries. 7000 HEPA filters will do nothing. https://t.co/osCa9FyH9D
— Dr. Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) January 2, 2022
The lack of mitigations over Christmas and New Year is also now coming home to roost:
BREAKING: A very serious situation at hospitals across Lincolnshire tonight as @ULHT_News declares a 'critical incident' over "extreme and unprecedented" staff shortages. It says it is "unable to maintain safe staffing levels" leading to "compromised care" across its sites: pic.twitter.com/MqZyvezPDC
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) January 2, 2022
UPDATE – 2nd January 2021
English schools to move some lessons online as Covid hits teacher availability