The UK’s Health Protection Agency said eight more cases of the Omicron version of the coronavirus have been confirmed in England.
The total number of cases linked to the variant in England now stands at 13.
Confirmed cases have been identified in the East Midlands, East of England, London and the North West.
Scotland also has nine confirmed cases.
The number of UK-wide omicron cases known so far is 22.
Officials said the persons who have tested positive and their contacts are all in isolation.
UKHSA said work was being done to identify any links to travel to southern Africa, where the variant was first detected.
UKHSA Chief Executive Dr Jenny Harris said: “It is very likely that we will find more cases in the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we find cases through focused contact tracing. increase installation.
“That’s why it is important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is isolated and gets a PCR test done immediately.”
In a press conference, PM Boris Johnson said his plan was to offer a booster jab for all adults by the end of January.
He said new vaccination centers “will emerge like Christmas trees” to get more people vaccinated.
Mr Johnson said: “The goal we have set is to provide boosters to all eligible people by the end of January.
“With the first jabs, we will work through age groups moving down the five-year band, as it is important that older and more clinically vulnerable people get additional protection first.
“Therefore, even if you did your second jab three months ago and are now eligible, please do not try and book until the NHS says it is your turn.”
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