Coronavirus cases fell for the second day in a row in Britain on Thursday, with daily figures now lower than a week ago – leading to hopes the omicron wave is slowing.
A further 179,756 cases were added to official figures, down from 189,213 on December 30 – a four per cent drop.
Cases are continuing to fall in London and there is evidence that steep rises are beginning to tail off in the North West, the South East, the East Midlands and the East of England.
There were also 269 fewer people admitted to hospital in England on January 4, the most recent date for which figures are available, compared to the previous week.
The number of Covid patients in mechanical ventilator beds has also fallen by 2.6 per cent in the last week.
The King’s College ZOE app also showed that cases were continuing to fall in London and were slowing in the regions.
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