On Thursday, we had 1325 Covid deaths which is the worst ever, and 68,053 new cases, which is the worst ever. We are now paying the price of Christmas, which was 14 days ago. We had our Christmas at home, just the two of us, plus the family via Zoom.
The UK is the worst Covid country to be in the world right now, even worse (on a per million basis) than the USA.
The pressure on the ambulance service and on the hospitals, is horrendous. London has declared a "major incident" as Covid threatens to overwhelm hospitals. This is a very bad time to get any kind of illness that needs hospitalisation.
There are 7,034 people currently hospitalized with Covid in London, 35% more than the worst time in April.
In the USA, deaths were 4207, a new high. New cases were 279,154, a new high. Also Christmas. Also dire. And, of course, American attention is concentrated on their political crisis and the insurrection in Washington.
In California, doctors are now facing the horrendous choice of who to admit to hospital and who to turn away - triage.
And the Kent variant of the virus is starting to spread in the USA.