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UK Omicron cases have ‘TREBLED in 5 days with 1 in 300 super-mutant infections’

The OMICRON variant is on the rise in the UK with the number of suspected cases increasing rapidly in just five days.

Scientists estimate that one in every 300 new infections is caused by mutant superbugs.

The graph above shows the untargeted increase in the S gene in the community trial data.  PCR tests look for three genes that are important when detecting Covid - including the S gene. It is present in the Omicron variant but not the Delta strain.  It was present in the Alpha variant (Kent), that's why the level was considered high before July

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The graph above shows the untargeted increase in the S gene in the community trial data. PCR tests look for three genes that are important when detecting Covid – including the S gene. It is present in the Omicron variant but not the Delta strain. It was present in the Alpha variant (Kent), that’s why the level was considered high before July
Only 32 cases of Omicron have been detected in the UK but experts say the number could be much larger

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Only 32 cases of Omicron have been detected in the UK but experts say the number could be much largerCredit: Darren Fletcher

This is up from one in 1,000 about a week ago – indicating that new cases are still being imported, as well as spreading in the community.

Boris Johnson reintroduced Masks in the store and public transport in hopes of slowing down the variation.

And all travelers to the UK must now self-isolate at home until they receive the results of a day 2 PCR test.

There have been 32 confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant so far – with 22 in England and 10 in Scotland.

But experts say the real number could be significantly higher.

The fear is that the vaccine will be less effective at combating the latest mutation, triggering a supply race. strengthen jabs for all Brit adults by the end of January.

Epidemiologist Nick Davies, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says the latest NHS Test and Trace data shows Omicron infections are on the rise.

It showed that 0.3% of positive PCR tests lacked the “s” gene – this is an indication of a new mutation.

And the number of cases has tripled from last week, from just 0.1% of the total number of cases nationwide.

It shows about 60 additional Omicron cases over a 5-day period.

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Write more articles Twitter, he said: “Over the past five days – November 24 – 28 – the level of gene target failure S [SGTF] increased from about the usual 0.1% to about 0.3%.

“This is not a huge number of cases – this number represents about 60 more SGTF cases.

“However, this number is likely to increase, as the data from the past 2 to 3 days is still being filtered.

“Given that Omicron causes SGTF, while the globally dominant Delta variant does not, these ‘redundant’ SGTFs are most likely the Omicron case.”

Officials believe that the majority of new cases are imported from abroad, with the possibility of community transmission remaining low.

Ten new Omicron cases, UK total at 32 – as anyone with symptoms is urged to get tested

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