Dominic Raab tells Sky News 250 people are in hospital with Omicron – there’s actually 10

The Deputy PM first said that 250 were in hospital, then nine, then ten

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 14th December 2021

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab managed to get the figures on Omicron hospitalisations wrong in not one but two TV interviews today – leading officials to speak out and correct the record.

Speaking to Sky News this morning, Raab said there were 250 people in hospital with the new Covid-19 variant.

He then went on to the BBC and said that there were nine people hospitalised with Omicron.

In both cases, he got the numbers wrong – in fact, there are actually 10 people currently in hospital with the new variant.

Officials have since gone on the record to say that Raab ‘misspoke’ on both occasions.


After Raab was challenged by broadcaster Adil Ray on GMB. who gave him a third opportunity to put the right figure on the record following the morning’s confusion, he accused him of ‘ranting’ at him.

Raab had earlier told Sky‘s Kay Burley that ‘a significant number’ were hospitalised, but was unable to quote any exact figures when being interviewed by her.


When she pressed him for an answer, he said: “Well the last I saw was in the low hundreds, I think 250 the last time I looked – but of course, the data is being updated all of the time.”

Within the hour, though, he had revised that figure down to just nine in time for his appearance on BBC Breakfast.

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“I know we’ve had one death,” he said. “I think we’ve got nine people who are in hospital with it.”

In both instances, Raab was incorrect – as officials later confirmed, stating that there are still only 10 people in hospital as Sajid Javid had told Sky News the day prior.

It is correct, however, that one person in the country has sadly died as a result of contracting Omicron.

Raab later attempted to justify his mistake on Sky News to GMB on the basis of ‘mishearing’ a question.

Feature image – ITV