A NEW map reveals some of the earliest locations with the Omicron variant, now spreading rapidly in the UK.
Hot spots have emerged, concentrated mainly in the South East and London.
But Northamptonshire is home to the highest number of infections, according to Wellcome Sanger Institute.
Tracking Genetics Research Center Covid variations and details where they are most common with a lag of about two weeks.
Its latest map, using data up to December 4, shows South Northamptonshire reporting 26 Omicron cases a week, with surrounding areas also hot spots.
But Lewisham is the second most affected area, with 10 cases a week.
Other London boroughs with higher numbers of cases include Newham and Barking and Dagenham.
Lead scientist Dr Jeffrey Barrett, Director of the COVID-19 Genes Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, thinks the team has been unable to keep up with the outbreak and provides a related map.
He wrote on Twitter: “We publish with a 9-day lag (so the most recent week has full data) and over two weeks on average (with smooth models).
“Both of these mean we’re ridiculously behind with this variant.”
Dr Barrett said the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) had more up-to-date information on how Omicron is spreading across the country.
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Last week it gave the first list of Omicron hotspots, with a peak in West Northamptonshire, followed by the London counties of Croydon, Hackney, Lambeth and Newham.
UKHSA says the majority of cases are in the capital and the Southeast.
Omicron has accounted for at least 40% of cases in London less than two weeks after it was first detected, followed by 20% in the South East.
It comes after the Health Minister announced Omicron would likely become dominant in the capital in the “next 48 hours”.
Savid Javid told MPs that there are now 4,713 confirmed cases of Omicron in the UK, but UKHSA estimates that the number of “current daily infections is around 200,000”.
Before that, he said yes 10 hospitalizations and Boris Johnson announced the UK’s first deathhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17024782/posystem-omicron-dies-mutant-variant-uk/ with Omicron.
The UK is in a race to empower all adults faster than Omicron spreads, and from Wednesday every eligible adult over 18 in the UK will be able to book tickets their deposit.
Experts have warned that based on initial data, two doses of the vaccine are unlikely to be effective against Omicron, but third dose Will protect from returning symptoms up to 75%.
The Jabs Army of the Sun is recruiting 30,000 to help strengthen the national mission to defeat the Covid variant and save Christmas.
Even with the “Plan B” measures and boosters, there is an unstoppable “tsunami” of circumstances ahead.
However, there is positive data coming from South Africa, which was first affected by this variant.
The cases in the hotspots of Gauteng province and the city of Tshwane appear to be stabilizing, experts say.
According to The Telegraph.
“In Gauteng, cases are still leveling off. Cases in Tshwane are relatively stable, with a slight increase in recent days.”
According to South Africa’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 30% of people hospitalized with Covid in recent weeks have been critically ill – less than half of what it was in the first weeks of previous pandemics.
About 3% of hospitalized patients have died, compared with about 20% in the country’s previous outbreaks.
The data further support that Omicron is a milder disease – possibly due to the higher level of protection achieved from natural infection and vaccination.
At a briefing in London on Monday, Matthew Snape, professor of pediatrics and immunization at the University of Oxford, said: “In areas where we know Omicron has been circulating a little longer, for example in South Africa, for example, they don’t see serious illness, maybe because they actually still have enough cross-reactive antibodies.”
In the UK, hospitalization and death rates have remained stable. But experts say any effects of serious illness caused by Omicrons won’t show for several weeks.
Cases, however, are on the rise.
There were 54,661 people diagnosed yesterday. And the seven-day total (363,682) is 10% higher than last week.
Plymouth, Devon, is seeing the highest case rate in the UK, with 869 cases per 100,000 people.
This was followed by Newry, Morne and Down (853), Northern Ireland, and Milton Keynes (794), Buckinghamshire.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17034797/omicron-map-earliest-hotspots/ Omicron map shows earliest hotspots as cases spread rapidly for weeks