The UK authorities reported more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time this Wednesday, an unprecedented daily record since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing the high portability of the Omicron variant.
The UK Department of Health recorded 11,647,473 positive cases after updating its record with 106,122 more cases in the last 24 hours. The death of a further 140 people brings the preliminary number of fatalities since the start of the health emergency to 147,573.
Despite these data, Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied wanting to announce new restrictions before Christmas, but doesn’t rule out further action later. The government has agreed to reduce the isolation time for infected people in England from ten to seven as long as they are vaccinated and negative on two tests.
For their part, the authorities in other British territories have announced tightening of restrictions in recent days. In Northern Ireland, nightclubs will close from December 27th, according to the BBC.