Britain’s Covid-19 infections have increased by almost 15 per cent in the space of a week while the number of deaths have decreased by 23 per cent, the latest figures show.
Department of Health data has revealed a further 137,583 Covid cases in its daily update which marks an increase of 17,660 on the figures given for Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, the data shows there was a total of 73 deaths recorded today, a drop of 22 when compared to the 95 deaths recorded for Boxing Day last week.
This is the twelfth day in a row that cases have been above the 100,000 mark as the country moves out of the festive season.
The Government advised that the data provided could be incomplete due to inconsistency in reporting over the holiday period. Hospitalisation data is also not updated on Sundays.
It comes as official figures revealed nearly one in 10 NHS workers were off sick over New Year’s Eve as coronavirus continued to hit the health service.
Meanwhile, secondary school pupils will be told to wear face masks from the moment they arrive until they leave when they return to classrooms this week.
In an effort to protect the education of millions of youngsters amid a sharp rise in cases of the Omicron variant, Ministers have requested that pupils cover their faces all day – including while they are being taught. They are already asked to wear masks in communal areas.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi last night said he and Boris Johnson saw schools as their ‘No 1 priority’, adding that they wanted to ‘do everything in our power to minimise disruption’.