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The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people in the United Kingdom, the government said on Saturday, a symbolic milestone for the country among the most bereaved in Europe.
“The coronavirus takes a terrible toll on our country and today the recorded death toll has reached 150,000,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted.
More precisely , 313 new deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded on Saturday, bringing to 150,057 since the start of the pandemic the total number of people who have died 28 days after a positive test.
Only Russia shows a higher death toll of nearly 315,000.
With a few words on a black background, in another tweet, Boris Johnson sent a message of condolence, noting how “each and everyone” who died “remains a profound loss to affected families, friends and communities.”
The country still records a lot of contaminations linked to the Omicron variant, even if after a daily record last week, the figures have stalled for several days, with 146,390 recorded on Saturday in 24 hours. & nbsp;
Even if the number of people in the hospital is so far lower (18,454 people on Saturday) than in previous waves, the pressure on the health system remains very strong. & Nbsp;
According to the health service for England, NHS England, more than 39,000 absences of hospital staff, in isolation, because infected with the coronavirus or contact case, were recorded on January 2, or 59% more in a week and triple compared to early December. & nbsp;
This includes more than 4,700 absences in London, which has been the epicenter of the new wave of contaminations.
On Friday, the British government announced that several hundred soldiers would be deployed to support hospitals and British ambulance services to alleviate this growing absenteeism. & nbsp;
Around 1,800 soldiers are already deployed across the United Kingdom, in particular in support of the vaccination effort and ambulance services.
For the moment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to impose new restrictions to limit the spread of the virus – in addition to teleworking and wearing the mask already in place – focusing on screening and the vaccination campaign.
This has already made it possible to administer two doses to 82% of those over 12 years old, and the recall campaign, carried out with full speed, has benefited 35 million people (around 60% of the most 12 years).
“To get out of this pandemic, everyone must have a booster or their first or second dose if this is not yet the case,” pleaded Mr Johnson.