OMICRON is slowly spreading across the UK after the global alarm was raised.
Cases have been found in England and Scotland, with experts warning hundreds of more cases to emerge soon.
A total of is 14 confirmed cases, but the labs are said to be probing hundreds of samples.
Scotland recorded 3 more cases of infection with the mutant variant this morning, on top of the 6 cases reported yesterday.
They are scattered throughout the Lanarkshire and Glasgow areas.
Britain has had five confirmed cases, with three found in the capital.
One, in Westminster, comes from someone who has left the country, and the other two are living in isolation in Camden and Wandsworth.
Two other cases in the UK have been reported in Nottingham and Brentwood, Essex.
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The Health Secretary told the Commons yesterday afternoon: “There are now five confirmed cases in the UK and six in Scotland.
“We expect cases to increase in the coming days.
“The new variant has spread around the world – it has been reported in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands.
“In the race between vaccines and viruses, this variant may have given the virus extra legs.
“Our strategy is to buy time and strengthen our defenses while the scientists learn more.”
The director of the UK Health Security Agency, Jenny Harries, said there were 10 more “highly likely” cases in the UK.
But she added that there was still no sign of a spike, no sign of an increase in “S gene target failure” in PCR tests in the UK, which is a feature of Omicrons.
Scottish Health Minister Humza Yousaf said there are now five cases in the Lanarkshire area and four in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, up from six in the two regions announced on Monday.
When asked if there was a link between Cop26 or a recent South African rugby game, he told BBC Good Morning Scotland: “There is nothing to link these cases or indeed the variation of Cop26 or indeed the rugby match.”
He added: “There is nothing to suggest that these cases or this new variant have come through rugby or Cop26 but that work is of course continuing.”
Nicola Sturgeon says Scots should work from home immediately, raising worries Britain might follow suit.
To beat the spread, Britons not wearing a mask in shops and on public transport will face a maximum fine of £6,400 from today.
£200 fines will be handed out to people in the UK not wearing face coverings under new Government rules to crack down Variant Omicron Covid.
Brits have been urged to get their third jab and start regular self-exams to help stay further away limited during festival time.
As well as shops, trains, buses and trams, masks must also be worn in the hairdresser’s, nail salons, banks and post offices in the UK under the new curb from 4am.
Masks will not be required in the hospitality sector, which means they are not needed in restaurants and pubs, or by law in venues such as concerts, cinemas and theatres.
Dr Jenny Harries, CEO of UKHSA, said: “We are continuing our efforts to understand the impact of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, resistance response. vaccine potency and efficacy.
“Vaccination is very important to help us strengthen our defenses against this new variant – please get your first, second or booster shot immediately.
“We will most likely 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. That’s why it’s important for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to isolate and get a PCR test immediately. “
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said that now was “a time for caution” as he urged people to do “whatever they can do”. to reduce the risk” of catching Covid-19.
He told Sky News: “It’s time for everyone to be careful at home when they can avoid contact with others just to help us through this difficult time.
“When asked about Christmas, he added: ‘Well, we certainly don’t want to cancel another Christmas yet.
“But in the build-up to Christmas, the more we can take precautions against this virus, the lower our risk of being exposed to it.”
The UK has put 10 countries on the red list – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia.
The US, Australia, India and much of Europe have introduced travel bans, quarantines and additional testing.
Boris Johnson introduced a series of measures to slow the spread on Saturday.
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