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The UK registers greater than 90,000 Covid instances daily

The number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in one day in the UK is back over 90,000.

Another 91,743 laboratory-confirmed Covid cases were registered in the UK at 9 a.m. on Monday, the government said.

Another 44 people had died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. Infections had dropped below 90,000 over the weekend when tests usually fell off.

It comes as Boris Johnson’s senior ministers met to discuss the rising tide amid warnings that without further action, the NHS could be overwhelmed to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

The government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, and England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, briefed on an unscheduled meeting of the cabinet on Monday.

Downing Street denied it was an emergency meeting, saying ministers would be briefed on a rapidly changing situation.

It comes after the government’s Scientific Emergency Advisory Group (Sage) warned that daily hospital admissions could reach 3,000 without further restrictions.

Previously, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab refused to rule out the possibility that additional measures might be required before Christmas – now in less than a week.

“I just can’t give any hard, quick guarantees,” he told Sky News.

The government has announced that it will recall Parliament if necessary so that MPs can vote on any new rules it is proposing for England.

However, this could prove politically problematic for Johnson, as not only high-ranking ministers object to further controls.

Last week, Johnson suffered the premier back-bank rebellion when 100 Tory MPs voted against rules requiring Covid passes for entry to nightclubs and other venues.

Any other proposal could spark yet another revolt at a time when the Prime Minister is politically weakened by the ongoing dispute over the Downing Street parties last Christmas and the Tories’ crushing defeat in the North Shropshire by-election.

Johnson has reportedly been presented with a range of options to combat the spread of the virus, ranging from guidelines on restricting indoor contacts, to household mixing rules, social distancing, and a pub and restaurant curfew, to a complete lockdown.

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