The HSJ said that while the number of patients waiting two months for cancer care had fallen, the number waiting three months had risen.
Experts have stressed that XBB.1.5 – a “sub lineage” of the Omicron variant – is not more dangerous than the original Omicron variant.
NHS England has told patients to continue to call 999 for life-threatening emergencies but to use 111, GPs and pharmacies for non-urgent needs.
Dr Ruthra Coventry, a consultant anaesthetist from Aberdeen, was diagnosed with the disease in 2018.
Paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff will stage a major walkout on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson’s manifesto preceded the war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rishi Sunak or Penny Mordaunt will face an in-tray piled high with problems.