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Every day Covid circumstances within the UK hit one other report excessive

The number of daily Covid cases in the UK has hit another record high.

The government said there were 189,213 confirmed coronavirus cases in the laboratory at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, and an additional 332 people had died within 28 days of a positive Covid test. The figure includes a backlog of hospital deaths reported by NHS England for the period December 24-29.

183,037 infections were reported on Wednesday – the all-time high.

It comes when the Welsh government came to the rescue of Westminster by lending England four million lateral flow tests while ministers scramble to ensure supplies from around the world.

The demand for Covid-19 testing has increased as people try to follow the advice to limit the spread of the Omicron variant by making sure they don’t have coronavirus before they encounter them.

But home delivery time slots for lateral flow testing were not available on Gov.uk’s website at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Pharmacies have also complained of patchy deliveries of lateral flow kits.

New NHS England figures show 11,452 people with Covid-19 were hospitalized in England at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, up 61% from a week earlier and the highest number since February 26.

The data also shows there were 2,082 hospital admissions for Covid-19 in England on Tuesday. This has increased by 90% from week to week and is the highest since February 3rd.

The Welsh government has agreed to loan the NHS in England four million more tests, bringing the country to a total of 10 million.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Wales has a significant inventory of lateral flow tests that is sufficient to meet our needs in the coming weeks.”

In a letter to MPs, Health Minister Sajid Javid said the supply of lateral flow devices (LFDs) tripled from a pre-omicron plan from 100 million to 300 million per month in January and February.

“To respond to anticipated demand in the coming weeks, we are purchasing hundreds of millions more LFD tests, bringing new products on board, and accelerating their delivery to the public,” he said.

But, “Given the huge demand for LFDs over the past three weeks, we anticipate that we will need to restrict the system at certain points over the next two weeks in order to manage the supply throughout the day, with new tranches of supply being released regularly will”. all day ”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously urged people in England who are leaving for the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Friday to get tested.

In England – unlike in other parts of the UK – nightclubs stay open and there are no limits to the social mix.

The NHS Covid Pass is required for nightclub entry but can be obtained by double stitching people instead of requiring proof of a negative test.

The UK health authority said Wednesday that eight million lateral flow test kits would be available in pharmacies by New Year’s Eve.

It comes as the NHS sets up new Nightingale “surge hubs” in hospitals across England as it goes on a “war basis” in preparation for a potential wave of Omicron hospital admissions.

Work on a total of eight hubs, each with a capacity of around 100 patients, should start this week, according to the NHS England.

It was also possible to identify other locations to add another 4,000 “Super Surge” beds.

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