Covid cases in many areas of Sheffield are on the rise, with infection rates spiking. Just this week the number of hospitalisations nationwide due to Covid soared.
While the Omicron variant is believed to be less severe than others, the fact that it is more transmissible means more will be infected.
Therefore, while the risk of hospitalisation from an individual case is lower, the fact that more people will get the virus means the number of people who do have to go to hospital is still likely to rise.
According to the latest data on record, the infection rate in Sheffield stands at 931.2 per 100,000 people as of December 23.
This is an increase of 68.1 per cent on the week before, when the infection rate was 554.1.
These are the areas within Sheffield where the infection rate is rising the fastest.