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© Reuters. Shoppers stroll down Oxford Street amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (19COVID-19), in London, Britain on December 23, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Andy Bruce

LONDON (Reuters). Approximately 1 in 10 Londoners are likely to have been infected with COVID-19 according to official estimates. This reflects the continuing advance of Omicron, a variant of coronavirus.

According to the Office for National Statistics, daily models of Londoners with COVID-19 showed that around 9.5% had it as of Sunday. This was within an 84% confidence interval between 8.43% and 10.69%.

This came just days after Britain saw a record number coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant. Daily tally reached 119 789 from 106 122 a day before.

According to the ONS, a record number of people had COVID-19 in England between December 13th and 19th. This is in contrast with an earlier estimate that was published Thursday at 1 in 45 for the week ending Dec. 16.

Many sectors and transport networks struggle with staff shortages. In Britain, hospitals have raised concerns about the impact of this on patient safety.

Omicron has seen a rapid rise in British cases during the past 7 days. The total rose by 678.165 on Thursday, according to data from government.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is struggling to contain the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. It announced Wednesday that it had reduced the English legal self-isolation period to seven days starting at 10.

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