Fears Britain will be stung by even tougher restrictions before Christmas because of Omicron grew today as the number of cases of the super-mutant jumped by 54 per cent in a day and overall daily Covid infections breached levels not seen since the UK’s devastating second wave.
Nicola Sturgeon today warned of an impending ‘tsunami’ triggered by the highly-transmissible variant, based on grisly data suggesting Omicron could become completely dominant in Scotland within days. Cases north of the border have doubled in a week.
In the face of the ever-worsening threat, she announced entire families in Scotland will have to self-isolate for 10 days if one member of the household tests positive for coronavirus to help tackle the strain and keep a lid on the impending crisis.
Meanwhile, UK-wide statistics showed cases have risen by 15 per cent in a week to 58,194 — making it the highest daily toll since the darkest depths of January, when Britain was being battered by the Alpha variant but had yet to dish out any vaccines.
Hospitalisations crept up by six per cent on last week but deaths fell by around 16 per cent over the same time-frame. Both measures are just a fraction of the level seen during previous waves because of the success of jabs but will rise over the coming weeks because of a delay between getting infected and becoming seriously ill.