London's daily Covid admissions surge 92% in a week to 386

London’s daily Covid admissions surge 92% in a week to 386 and are now within touching distance of ‘No10’s threshold for action of 400 admissions a day’

  • The latest NHS data shows there were 386 new admissions for the virus in the capital on December 22
  • Covid hospital admissions in London are within touching distance of the Government’s threshold of 400 
  • Ministers are said to be watching the rates in the capital before pulling the trigger on more national curbs 

Covid hospital admissions in London — Britain’s Omicron ground zero — are within touching distance of the Government’s threshold of 400 for introducing lockdown restrictions across the country.

Latest NHS data shows there were 386 new admissions for the virus in the capital on December 22, marking a 92 per cent rise on the figure last week. 

Covid hospitalisations are now doubling roughly every 10 days – though they are still a far cry from the 850 at the peak last January.

Ministers are said to be watching admission rates in the capital before pulling the trigger on more national curbs because London is a few weeks ahead in its Omicron outbreak.

Shoppers walk along Regent Street on December 24. A national two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown has been mooted after Christmas if London’s daily admissions breach 400 this week

Reports have claimed ministers are watching hospitalisation numbers in the capital, with a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown set to be imposed if daily numbers surpass 400

Covid hospital admissions in London — Britain’s Omicron ground zero — are within touching distance of the Government’s threshold of 400 for introducing lockdown restrictions across the country

Covid hospitalisations are now doubling roughly every 10 days – though they are still a far cry from the 850 at the peak last January

A daily count of confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospital at 8am. Ministers are said to be watching admission rates in the capital before pulling the trigger on more national curbs because London is a few weeks ahead in its Omicron outbreak

An age breakdown of the number of covid patients admitted to hospital since the start of the pandemic (left) and as the rate per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic (right)

A national two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown has been mooted after Christmas if London’s daily admissions breach 400 this week — which would signal ‘unsustainable’ pressure on the NHS. 

London became the epicentre of the UK’s Omicron outbreak two weeks before the super mutant variant became dominant across the country and experts are treating trends in the city as a sign of what could come for England. 

But NHS data recording lags mean it will be after Christmas before it is known whether admissions surpassed 400 in the last two days.  

MPs and experts have now demanded the Government distinguishes between people who are being hospitalised ‘with’ or ‘for’ Covid before deciding on social restrictions. 

MailOnline’s analysis of London Covid admissions show that a third (127) of the 386 new patients only tested positive after arriving at hospital for a different illness. 

The proportion of so-called ‘incidental admissions’ was around 12 per cent in the last two weeks of the Delta variant at the end of November, for comparison.  

People walking in London on Christmas Eve. Covid hospital admissions in London — Britain’s Omicron ground zero — are within touching distance of the Government’s threshold of 400 for introducing lockdown restrictions across the country

Up to a MILLION Brits will spend Christmas in self-isolation 

Nearly 900,000 people could be forced to spend Christmas Day in self-isolation after catching Covid in the past 10 days, MailOnline analysis shows.

A total of 766,000 people across the UK have tested positive for the virus since December 16 — the cut-off date for coming out of quarantine in time.

And current trends suggest 125,000 more Britons will be diagnosed today as the ultra-infectious Omicron variant pushes cases to record numbers, with more than 100,000 people testing positive daily for the last two days.

It suggests around 891,000 people could be barred from visiting loved ones, attending Midnight Mass or going on a Christmas Day walk this year.

Thousands more people in Scotland who don’t have the virus but are close contacts of a positive case also face compulsory quarantine tomorrow.

But social media users reported suffering no or mild symptoms such as a runny nose and questioned why their festive celebrations should be ruined again – with some saying they would see family despite a positive test result.

New rules designed to limit the damage to the economy and vital services mean infected people in England can come out of isolation after seven days so long as they test negative on lateral flows.

This potentially allows the 243,000 people who tested positive for Covid between December 16 and 18 in England to release from quarantine in time for the festivities. The isolation period remains 10 days for the rest of the UK.

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