A further 75 cases of omicron variant confirmed in England

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The government has confirmed that 75 more cases of the Omicron version of COVID-19 have been detected in England.

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The new infections join the previous 29 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant known as B., bringing the total to 104 in England.

The UK total has now reached 150.


People infected with the Omicron variant in England are now located in the East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.

According to the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) report, they are conducting targeted testing in places where positive cases were likely to be contagious.

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It comes as the Omicron coronavirus case was confirmed in Wales earlier today.

The case pertains to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area and is linked to international travel, the Welsh government has said.

Public Health Wales has since stated that there is no evidence of widespread community transmission.

Meanwhile, 16 more cases were identified in Scotland on Friday – bringing the country’s total to 29.

As it stands, there are no confirmed Omicron cases in Northern Ireland.

UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harris has said that many of the cases found have no link to travel, suggesting that there is “a small amount of community transmission” in the UK.

She said: “Case tracing through focused contact tracing has led to the identification and confirmation of more cases of the Omicron variant than we have seen in other countries globally.

“We are continuing to monitor the data closely. Teams at the national and local level are working rapidly to identify and trace all close contacts of each Omicron case. It is important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is isolated and gets a PCR test done immediately.

“We have started seeing cases where there is no link to travel, suggesting that we have a small amount of community transmission. That’s why it is so important that everyone, everywhere, take simple measures to protect themselves from infection. Please wear face coverings as per government guidelines, allow exposure to fresh air when shaking indoors and wash your hands regularly. ,

She continued: “Vaccination is important to help us strengthen our defense against this new variant, so please get your first, second, third or booster jab as you protect yourself, your family and your communities. deserve to do.”

In light of the discovery of new omicron cases in the UK, the government has also urged people to be cautious in taking PCR tests if they have been contacted or have symptoms of the coronavirus.

They have also said that they are currently working to better access and disseminate scientific information to the public “in order to inform the right balance of interventions to prevent transmission and protect lives.”

According to the government website, the details of cases by the local authority are:

  • Barnett: 2
  • Bexley: 1
  • Brentwood: 1
  • Buckinghamshire: 2
  • Camden: 2
  • Chiltern: 1
  • Haringi: 1
  • Lambeth: 1
  • Lancaster: 1
  • Lewisham: 2
  • Liverpool: 1
  • Newham: 1
  • Answer Norfolk: 1
  • Nottingham: 1
  • Oxfordshire: 1
  • South Cambridgeshire: 1
  • South Northamptonshire: 2
  • Spelthorne: 1
  • Sutton: 1
  • Three Rivers: 1
  • Wandsworth: 1
  • Westminster: 3


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