Covid-19 crisis in numbers

6 January 2021, 12:48 | Updated: 3 December 2021, 17:14

LBC is analysing the latest government Covid data alongside the daily vaccination and booster charts.

We’re looking at the impact of the pandemic each week across the UK, comparing hospitalisation rates, patient ages and bed occupancy.

The latest data shows the number of people receiving the vaccine and boosters continues to climb rapidly with over 116m jabs issued in the UK.

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Ministers are urging people to ensure they are doubly vaccinated against the virus and are encouraging everyone over the age of 18 to book an additional booster jab.

Like some other vaccines, levels of protection can wane over time, and doctors say the booster dose will help extend the protection gained from the first two doses.

The majority of patients in hospital appear to be those who are yet to be vaccinated, suggesting jabs are working at reducing the risk of serious illness.

However, the emergence of the Omicron variant means targeted measures to prevent it spreading have been introduced from Tuesday 30 November. The variant contains a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome, with early indications suggesting this variant may be more transmissible. The measures will allow scientists time to slow the spread of the variant as work continues internationally to fully understand how these mutations may change the behaviour of the virus.

The vaccination programme and test, trace and isolate system continue to be the most effective way of reducing transmission, along with practicing good hygiene, keeping spaces well ventilated, and wearing masks.

LBC will bring you a daily breakdown of the numbers, both across the UK and in England.

Our graphs give you the facts, day-by-day, as the coronavirus crisis continues.