Omicron Variant Now Widespread Through Community In UK

Sajid Javid, the British Health Secretary, told parliament Monday that the omicron variant is now spreading in the UK via community transmission rather than simply through international travellers.


Omicron Variant Now Widespread Through Community In UK

Sajid Javid, the British Health Secretary, told parliament Monday that the omicron variant is now spreading in the UK via community transmission rather than simply through international travellers.

According to Anadolu Agency, there are currently a total of 336 cases of omicron across the country — 261 in England, 71 in Scotland, and four in Wales.

This includes cases with no links to international travel, so we can conclude there is now community transmission across multiple regions of England,” Javid said.

He stressed that he could not ensure that omicron would not “knock us off our road to recovery.”

Source - BBC

From 4 a.m. Tuesday, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers entering the United Kingdom from non-red list countries will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test from the preceding 48 hours prior to departure.

He also highlighted Nigeria's addition to the red list.

According to Anadolu Agency, the UK registered 51,459 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of cases to more than 10.5 million since the pandemic began.

Moreover, 41 mortalities were reported throughout the UK in the last 24 hours, increasing the total to 145,646 since the pandemic started.

Up to and including December 5, 2021, 88.9 percent of adults in the United Kingdom aged 12 and older have received their first dose, 81% their second dose, and 35.8 percent their booster or third dose.

Source – BERNAMA

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