More Than Half Omicron Infections In England Are Double Vaccinated

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Lisa Scott-Lee, Claire Richards, Faye Tozer and Ian “H” Watkins of Steps performed at The O2 Arena in London last month.
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A Steps concert in Glasgow is one of the sources of new Omicron cases in the UK, it has emerged, as health officials revealed that more than half of England’s new version of infections were in double-vaccinated people.

An analysis by the UK’s Health Protection Agency showed that as of 30 November, 12 of the 22 known cases – 55 per cent – were in people who had had at least two doses.

Six were not vaccinated, two were partially vaccinated with one dose and the vaccination status of the remaining two is not known.

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No cases are known to have resulted in hospitalization or death, but the HSA stated that “most cases have a sampling date that is very recent and is characterized by the onset of infection and hospitalization and death.” There is a gap between”.

Omicron’s cases in the UK have since risen to 59. The version has been found in over 30 countries.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said six cases are understood to have been linked to the Steps concert at Glasgow Hydro on 22 November. The risk to those involved is being said to be low and those who have come in contact with the new variant at the event are being contacted. Omicron cases in Scotland have increased from 16 to 29 in the last 24 hours.

The news comes as follows:

  • Taoiseach Michael Martin has said Ireland will reimpose some COVID-19 restrictions for the Christmas period, following “very strict” advice from health officials. A variety of restrictions will remain in place from December 7 to January 9, including the closure of nightclubs and new limits on domestic gatherings.
  • NHS England has said that the rapid rollout of the COVID booster jabs will take place by 13 December. The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) stated that all adults should become eligible for a booster and that the time between the second dose and the booster should be reduced from six months to three months, to help protect against new omicrons. designed for. version of covid.
  • The first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Wales. The case pertains to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area and is linked to international travel, the Welsh government said.
  • Government scientists have warned that the Omicron variant will likely be capable of causing a new wave of coronavirus infections that may be larger than previous waves. A note from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) subgroup meeting on Sars-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.1.529 on November 25 was released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on Friday. In this the scientists conclude: “We cannot exclude that this wave will be of the same or even greater magnitude than the previous ones.”

The UK government said that as of 9am on Friday, there were 50,584 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK.

The government also said that 143 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 till Friday.

Despite concerns about the Omicron version, Boris Johnson has said that Christmas this year should go ahead “as much as possible”.

Speaking during a by-election campaign tour in Oswestry, North Shropshire, the prime minister said people do not need to cancel parties or birth plays.

Asked what he had to say to bereaved families following those claims No 10 held parties last year in violation of restrictions at the time, Johnson said: “What I’ve said ever since it came to light We have followed the entire guidance and continue to follow the guidance.

“And on the subject of Christmas parties, I’ve seen a lot being done about it, people are worried they need to cancel their Christmas parties. It’s not right, we’re not saying that and we Not saying that birth plays have to be cancelled.

“I believe very strongly that children should be in school and I also think that Christmas should proceed as normally as possible. But the main point, the main point, is that whatever risk Omicron may pose, or Maybe not, boosters are everywhere and always, vaccinations are going to be your best protection, so everyone should get it.

Asked repeatedly whether he had a party or a gathering, the prime minister repeated the phrase: “We followed the guidance.”

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