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Seven times fewer Covid ‘cases’ are ending up in hospital now compared to England’s devastating second wave, official data suggests as proof that

Seven times fewer Covid ‘cases’ are ending up in hospital now compared to England’s devastating second wave, official data suggests as proof that is milder continues to pile up.

No10’s own advisers feared the ultra-infectious variant could overwhelm the , which prompted calls for to adopt tougher restrictions.

But mounting evidence now shows the strain causes less severe disease than previous strains, which the PM today used to justify his refusal to tighten curbs.  

And MailOnline’s analysis of UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data adds to the slew of statistics that suggest the days of the UK recording several hundred deaths a day are ‘history’.

The proportion of Covid cases ending up in hospital a week later now stands at just 1.5 per cent, compared to 10.9 per cent during the depths of the country’s Alpha crisis last January and February. 

Experts told MailOnline immunity from vaccination and prior infection means ‘what we’re seeing this winter is a very different picture’ — but warned hospitalisations and deaths could still tick upwards in the coming weeks. 

Meanwhile, separate figures show five times fewer Covid-infected patients are hooked up to ventilators now than during the NHS’s darkest days fighting Alpha.And data from South Africa — the first country to fall victim to the variant — shows Omicron is causing just a quarter of the number of deaths seen before it took hold. 

The Prime Minister today said Omicron — which now makes up 90 per cent of cases in all nine regions of England — is ‘obviously milder’ than previous strains, labelling it as one of the main reasons as to why he has opted against tightening restrictions. 

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all imposed new measures on socialising to combat the ultra-infectious variant.Nicola Sturgeon today insisted it was ‘prudent’ and ‘essential’ to take action to ‘avoid the sheer volume of cases overwhelming us’.

But in another sign of hope, MailOnline today revealed that experts are hopeful the outbreak in London may have already peaked.Here is more on https://www.koredubai.org/ stop by the website. It would mirror the same trend seen in the ‘ground zero’ of South Africa, if it comes to fruition. 

The number of Covid patients in hospitals across England is on the rise, with 9,546 under NHS care yesterday. But the figure less than half of that recorded on the same day last winter, when 20,426 were in hospitals, and less than a third of the number seen at the peak of the Alpha wave, when 34,336 were in hospital

The number of Covid patients in hospitals across England is on the rise, with 9,546 under NHS care yesterday.But the figure less than half of that recorded on the same day last winter, when 20,426 were in hospitals, and less than a third of the number seen at the peak of the Alpha wave, when 34,336 were in hospital

Despite the number of patients in hospital rising, those requiring mechanical ventilation beds has remained flat. Around 750 people were on ventilators yesterday, compared 1,641 on the same day last year and 3,736 at the Alpha peak

Despite the number of patients in hospital rising, those requiring mechanical ventilation beds has remained flat.Around 750 people were on ventilators yesterday, compared 1,641 on the same day last year and 3,736 at the Alpha peak

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Milton Keynes today, Boris Johnson said: 'The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You are seeing cases rising in hospitals. But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are'

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Milton Keynes today, Boris Johnson said: ‘The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems.You are seeing cases rising in hospitals. But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are’

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