Covid cases are now falling outside of London, and all parts of England are showing signs of nearing their peak, data show.
Official records show that as of January 8, new case numbers are beginning to fall in the South East and the East of England, as well as in London which peaked before Christmas.
Cases are still increasing in all other regions, but at a much slower rate than before.
It comes as the number of people on mechanical ventilators in England drops to its lowest level since October despite experts believing there may be around half a million infections a day.
“I think the [number of hospitalisations and deaths] are going to be falling a long way below the worst case scenarios that were being talked about before Christmas.
“In England we peaked at around 3,800 – 4,000 hospitalisations a day, on average, a year ago, but we will probably peak around 2,000 this winter.”
Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s regional director for London, told Sky News that the capital’s omicron wave peaked in London over the new year period.
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