The latest Covid report from Surrey County Council has revealed that there are now confirmed Omicron cases in all 11 districts and boroughs across the county and coronavirus hospital admissions are rising.
Surrey has a comparatively high rate of Covid cases when compared to England. From the latest recorded data from December 8 to December 14, the county had 852.4 cases per 100,000 of the population while England had 622.3 per 100,000.
Hospital admissions have increased across the UK, with 184 Covid patients being admitted to Surrey hospitals from December 6 to December 12.
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Surrey residents have been joining in the campaign to get vaccinated, with the latest cumulative data showing that 83% of people over 12 have had their first jab, 77% have had their second, and 45% have had their booster or third dose.
The proportion of vaccinated people in Surrey is currently equal to or above the equivalent figures for England.
While being fully vaccinated doesn’t necessarily protect you from contracting the virus, it does significantly reduce your risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and death as a result.
Musical legend Dr Brian May recently shared his plight with contracting Covid despite being triple jabbed.
May shared on Instagram: “I can’t emphasise to you enough, this is not the response that my body would have made on its own. It’s making this response because I have had three Pfizer jabs.
“And I beg you and implore you to go and get jabbed if you are not already because you need the help.”
With confirmed Omicron cases across the county, it’s vital that residents continue getting their vaccinations.
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The impact of Omicron is already being seen, with the hospitality industry taking another hit through Christmas party cancellations.
Restaurants across Surrey have attested to the difficulty that the hospitality industry is dealing with, and the uncertainty about the future as Covid rates rise.
Cancellations have come as a result of the government announcing Plan B and encouraging people to work from home.
Surrey’s public health director, Ruth Hutchinson, has also urged residents to limit their levels of social contact over the festive period as the county now has over 400 confirmed Omicron cases.
She said: “Clearly it’s Christmas, and gatherings and events are part of Christmas, but think about the level of social contact you have.
“If you are meeting up with friends or family in busy places, please take a lateral flow test, especially if you are meeting someone who is at increased risk.
“Overall, the key message is to respond to the call for action to take up the booster vaccine.
“Our colleagues are working incredibly hard in order to respond to the national directive, and the response from residents has been amazing.”
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