Another 75 cases of the super-mutant Omicron variant have been identified in England, health officials confirmed, after it was revealed that the majority of sequenced infections of the new variant are in fully vaccinated people.
It comes after health officials revealed earlier today that more than half of England’s Omicron Covid cases that have been genetically sequenced were in double-vaccinated people. It is not yet known whether today’s additional 75 cases were in double-jabbed or non-vaccinated individuals.
And Boris Johnson insisted last night that he wanted Britons to enjoy Christmas as ‘normally as possible’ – just as Ireland was told it was going into semi-lockdown.
Following a week of mixed messaging from his ministers, the Prime Minister admitted there had been ‘quite a lot of to-ing and fro-ing’ on Christmas parties.
But he said it was ‘not right’ that people should consider cancelling seasonal events – saying that the ‘tough measures’ his Government has taken at the borders should see the country through without the need for further curbs.
It came as Ireland closed nightclubs, imposed restrictions on bars and restaurants and placed curbs on household mixing to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.
Last night it was claimed that the UK’s travel red list could be expanded this weekend with arrivals from Nigeria facing the prospect of hotel quarantine.
Ministers on the Cabinet’s Covid operations sub-committee could meet as early as tomorrow to decide whether to introduce more restrictions.
Today’s new cases bring the total number of confirmed Omicron infections in England to 104, while the total for the whole of the UK now stands at 134, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.
Cases of the new variant have been identified in the East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.
Scotland’s cases today increased by 16 to 29, while Wales announced this afternoon that its first case had been found in Cardiff. No cases have been found in Northern Ireland.
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Source: Daily Mail