Britain’s daily Covid cases plunged for the 12th day in a row today as the Omicron wave continued to collapse and workers headed back to offices in their largest numbers since it took off. MailOnline has more.
Another 84,429 tests came back positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, according to Government dashboard data, down around 41% on last week. Daily cases have fallen week-on-week since January 6th.
There were also 85 coronavirus deaths registered today in a 10% rise compared to last Monday. Latest hospital data shows there were 2,357 admissions on January 11th, virtually unchanged in a week.
In a sign of public confidence in the promising stats, London’s roads were the busiest they have been during the morning rush-hour since the day Boris Johnson confirmed that England would enter Plan B restrictions.
Congestion data recorded by location services company TomTom found the level in the capital between 8am and 9am this morning was at 69% – the highest it has been for that time period in six weeks since December 8th.
The congestion level represents the extra travel time for drivers on average compared to baseline uncongested conditions – so a 69% level means a 30-minute trip will take 21 minutes more than with no traffic.
Today’s figure was also above the 2019 average of 63% and 2020 average of 49% for 8am on a Monday in London – showing there were more cars on the road in the capital today than before the pandemic. The figure last Monday was 61%, while it was just 2% on Monday, January 3rd but this was a bank holiday.
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