Johnson incorrectly says there is 780,000 new cases of Covid
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The UK has recorded the highest daily total of lab-confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as the Omicron variant spreads. Official figures published after UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chief executive Dr Jenny Harries warned the strain is “probably the most significant threat” since the start of the pandemic showed there had been 78,610 new cases recorded as of 9am on Wednesday. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson was called out by Brits after getting the numbers wrong during a press conference.
Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: “Omicron continues to roll in across the whole of our United Kingdom with over 780,000 Covid cases today, the highest ever daily number reported.
“The doubling rate of Omicron in some regions is now down to less than two days.
“I’m afraid we’re also seeing the inevitable increase in hospitalisations up by 10 percent nationally week on week and up by almost a third in London.”
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