Omicron Covid variant: UK identifies 10 new cases of mutant strain

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Another ten cases of the Omicron variant have been found in the UK today, bringing the total to 42 cases.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that seven cases were detected in the UK while the remaining three cases were in Scotland.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 29 and in Scotland to 13.

In the UK, cases have been identified in the East Midlands, East England, London, Southeast and Northwest.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of UKHSA, said: ‘We are continuing to work to understand the impact of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, resistance response. vaccine potency and efficacy.

‘Vaccination is crucial to help us strengthen our defenses against this new variant – please get your first, second, third shot or booster shot right away.

Shoppers walk along Oxford Street in central London today as the mandatory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport has been reintroduced in the UK (Image: Getty)

‘A booster dose for everyone over 18 is currently recommended and should be available at least 3 months from your last main injection. Please claim this offer as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community.

‘Make sure to wear a mask as per Government guidance, including on public transport and in shops, to help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.

‘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 centralized contact tracing. That’s why it’s important for anyone with Covid-19 symptoms to isolate and get a PCR test immediately. ‘

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Huynh Nguyen

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