Omicron cases soar by 12,133 in record high as super variant makes up 60 per cent of all UK infections

OMICRON cases have soared by more than 12,000 – as the mutant strain accounts for 60 per cent of all UK infections.

Figures today showed Omicron infections increasing by 12,133 – now totalling 37,101 so far.

Meanwhile, there were a further 82,886 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases reported today.

The number is a slight dip on yesterday's figure of 90,418.

And the Government said a further 45 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 172,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The figures come after Health Secretary Sajid Javid today warned of the possibility of a grim Christmas lockdown – despite a huge push on jabs.

Sajid Javid said there are "no guarantees" when asked about a festive clampdown – despite Boris Johnson insisting he would not shut the country down.

Speaking on BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he said: "There are no guarantees in this pandemic. At this point we just have to keep everything under review."

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The Sun is urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible.

A booster shot is the best protection against Omicron, with early data suggesting it pushes efficacy back up to 75 per cent.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive said: “Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so. It is the best defence we have against this highly transmissible new variant."

Thousands of Brits have already signed up to the campaign, helping to dish out nearly one million jabs in just one day.

Sajid Javid confirmed a record 906,656 jabs were delivered across England yesterday – including more than 830,000 boosters.


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