OMICRON cases rose by a third in a day due to fears the UK could be subject to new and “rapid” restrictions.
The UK Health Security Agency has recorded an additional 101 cases of the super-mutant strain, bringing the total to 437 cases.
Most are in England (333), followed by Scotland (99) and Wales (five). There are no cases in Northern Ireland.
But scientists say there are close to 1,000 to 2,000 true cases of Omicron across four countries, due to underfunded mining.
Professor Tim Spector said early data showed cases of the coronavirus mutation were doubling every two days.
It puts the UK on course to surpass some of the 11 countries on the tourism “red list”.
The Prime Minister has told ministers that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus appears to be “more contagious” than the Delta one.
Boris Johnson then say “now is the time” for everyone to take a powerful hit.
His spokesman said there was no debate around the Cabinet table about whether to introduce a Plan B to tackle Omicron.
But they did not rule out new restrictions before Christmas, saying: “We can move relatively fast if required.”
Health Minister Sajid Javid told MPs on Monday that none of the cases of the Omicron variant identified to date have resulted in hospitalization.
There are some indications that this strain of the virus may be less severe – although this trend may be a result of the vaccine.
UKHSA data shows 22 known cases as of 30 November, 12 of whom were fully vaccinated, while two others received a single dose.
It shows that Omicron can disrupt immunity built through previous infections or vaccines.
Mr Javid also confirmed on Monday that there are Now the community transmits of Omicron in the UK, which means there are cases where there is no link to travel.
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