First Omicron Death Confirmed

One individual has died due to the Omicron variant in Britain, according to reports by Xinhua.

First Omicron Death Confirmed 

One individual has died due to the Omicron variant in Britain, according to reports by Xinhua.

“Omicron is producing hospitalisations and sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Earlier this month, British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that ten individuals in England were hospitalised with Omicron, but warned that cases, hospital admissions, and fatalities will continue to grow. Their ages vary from 18 and 85, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Additionally, the British health minister cautioned that the Omicron variety is “spreading at a phenomenal rate" and that infections are doubling every two to three days. The pace at which is “something we’ve never seen before", he told Sky News.

“It’s pretty clear that the world can expect a tidal wave of new infections. How much of that translates into hospitalisations and mortality is still unknown. It seems that it’s either milder or the existing levels of protection do give some protection. But just the sheer number of infections is highly concerning," Rasmus Bech Hansen, CEO of Airfinity, a worldwide supplier of health intelligence and analytics located in London, told Xinhua in an online interview.

source - DW

Another 1,576 Omicron cases were detected in the United Kingdom on Monday, the largest daily rise since the COVID-19 variant was discovered in the country, bringing the total to 4,713, the UKHSA reported.

According to official numbers published Monday, Britain recorded 54,661 new coronavirus cases, increasing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,873,468.

Additionally, the government recorded 38 additional coronavirus-related fatalities. Coronavirus-related fatalities in the United Kingdom presently total 146,477, with 7,372 COVID-19 patients still hospitalised.

On Monday, long queues are building at COVID vaccination centres, and there are widespread complaints of the National Health Service’s (NHS) online booking system collapsing as people hurry to receive their booster injections in time for Christmas.

The prime minister launched a “national mission" named Omicron Emergency Boost on Sunday night. The health minister has advised individuals to get their booster shot immediately, stressing that “two doses are not enough, but three doses provide excellent protection against symptomatic infection."

The United Kingdom’s COVID alert level has been upgraded from Level 3 to Level 4, the second highest level, “in light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases," the four chief medical officers of the United Kingdom announced in a joint statement Sunday.

According to the latest numbers, more than 89 percent of individuals aged 12 and older in the United Kingdom have received their first dose of vaccination and more than 81 percent have received both doses. Over 41% have received booster vaccinations or the third dosage of coronavirus vaccine.

To restore normalcy, countries like the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Russia, and the United States have been racing the clock to provide coronavirus vaccines.


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