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Covid cases back over 1 million for first time in weeks – as new Omicron variant ‘runs rife’

COVID cases have risen above one million again in the UK, new data has revealed.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) found that cases has risen in the West Midlands, London and across the South of England.

New data published today shows that cases of Covid are rising once more in the UK

It comes after health chiefs yesterday warned that a new variant could drive a surge in cases.

However, millions of Brits are now protected from a huge vaccine rollout and immunity from prior infections.

Cases are still lower than they were this time last year when Omicron first burst onto the scene.

This time last year, daily cases sat at over 53,000, with over 140 deaths being reported.

Sarah Crofts, Deputy Director for Covid-19 Infection Survey Analysis today said that the data would be monitored carefully in the run up to Christmas.

She added: “After a recent period of decline, we are once again seeing infections begin to rise in England. 

“Though Wales has seen continued decreases in positive cases, the trend is uncertain for the rest of the UK.”

Cases are up six per cent on last week, when 972,000 Brits tested positive.

The data shows that in England, one in 60 people currently have the bug.

In Wales this is one in 75 people and the experts said figures released today includes all variants currently in circulation.

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