Covid-19 news: Omicron cases hit record highs in Europe

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Free covid-19 rapid lateral flow test kits are handed out in Walthamstow, north London, England

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Latest coronavirus news as of 2pm on 6 January

Omicron continues to surge in the UK and other European countries

More than 24 NHS trusts have declared critical incidents in England after being overwhelmed by omicron patients. It means priority services may currently be under threat at one in six trusts in England. 

In the UK there are currently 17,276 patients in hospital with the virus, according to the latest daily figures – the highest figure since last February. Yesterday close to 200,000 people tested positive for coronavirus. 

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