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Children in grade 7 and up are required to wear masks at school to prevent the spread of the mutant Omicron Covid variant.

KIDS Grade 7 and up have been required to wear masks at school to prevent the spread of the mutant Omicron Covid variant.

The Department of Education has announced that children should wear face coverings in common areas of schools and colleges to limit the spread of the virus.

Schoolgirls have been informed that they should wear face coverings in common areas

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Schoolgirls have been informed that they should wear face coverings in common areasCredit: AFP

The new rules come after a third case of the Omicron Covid variant was identified in the UK.

This person tested positive after traveling to the UK from southern Africa, where the variant originated.

The individual is no longer in the UK, but the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is conducting emergency testing in areas they visit when they are likely to be infected.

This includes Westminster in central London, officials said.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of UKHSA, has warned that it is “very likely” that further infections will be recorded next week.

“Our enhanced sequencing capabilities allow us to find variants and take quick action to limit further spread,” she said.

“It is very likely that we will find more cases in the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing. .

“We are continuing our efforts to understand the impact of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

“It is important for anyone with Covid-19 symptoms to isolate and have a PCR test immediately.”

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Huynh Nguyen

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