The U.K. reported a record number of new daily Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 78,610 in the last 24 hours. The figure was an increase from 59,610 the day before, and it surpasses the previous high of 68,053 cases reported on Jan. 8.
It underlines the dramatic surge in infections that the country is seeing ahead of the Christmas holiday period with the omicron variant expected to quickly become the dominant strain.
One senior British health chief has warned that there could be “staggering” numbers in the next few days.
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A further 78,610 people have tested positive for Covid-19 – the highest number of daily cases since the beginning of the pandemichttps://t.co/FGoHKMEoaT
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