75 more cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant confirmed in England – .

75 more cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant confirmed in England – .

Other cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been confirmed in England.
He said the variant, first identified in South Africa, was likely to reduce protection against natural or acquired immunity from vaccine.

Another 75 cases have been confirmed amid signs of a “small amount” of community infection, according to the British Health Security Agency (HSA).

This brings the total of cases in England to 104 and 134 across the UK – which includes the first confirmed case in Wales.

Hull Live reports that the figures come after a risk assessment was conducted by the HSA which determined that the Omicron variant is classified as “red” for the severity of the infection and “amber” for the transmissibility of the virus.

However, the HSA acknowledges that the assessment was presented with “weak evidence” as there is “insufficient data” to date to draw firm conclusions.

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He says that in England the Omicron variant has been identified in the East Midlands, East England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.

Scotland has recorded 16 more cases, bringing the country’s total to 29. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland has yet to report any cases.

Those who test positive for the variant and their contacts are urged to self-isolate while the HSA said it performs targeted testing in places where positive cases were considered likely to be infectious.

HSA General Manager Dr Jenny Harries said: “Increased case detection through targeted contact tracing has identified and confirmed more cases of the Omicron variant, as we have seen. in other countries of the world.

“We continue to closely monitor the data.

“National and local teams are working at a steady pace to identify and trace all close contacts of each Omicron case. We have started to see cases where there is no connection to travel, which suggests that we have a small amount of community transmission.

According to the HSA, out of 22 confirmed cases of Omicron in England, 12 had received at least two doses of the vaccine.

Two had received a dose of the vaccine, six were not vaccinated and in two cases no information was available.

So far, no one is known to have been admitted to hospital or to have died, although the HSA says there will be “a time lag between the onset of infection and hospitalization and death. “.

Dr Harries urged not to rush to pass judgment on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines.

“Thanks to very high levels of vaccine coverage, we already have a strong wall of defense against Covid-19 as new variants emerge,” she said. “We are working as quickly as possible to gather more evidence on any impact the new variant may have on the severity of the disease or the effectiveness of the vaccine.

“Until we have this evidence, we must be extremely careful to draw conclusions about any significant risk to human health. “

Earlier this week, the government announced plans to speed up the vaccine recall campaign and NHS England said the program would be in place by December 13.

The government is extending the offer of the third vaccination against Covid-19 to all adults and reducing the time between the second and the third dose from six months to three.

However, the reservation service for these vaccinations has not yet been updated.

The NHS yesterday issued a letter stating that vaccines would be issued “in decreasing age groups, with priority given to vaccinating the elderly and those in a Covid-19 risk group first”.

Infection rates are near record levels in all four of the UK’s countries, the latest figures show. However, the increase in cases is not related to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

In England, it is believed that one in 60 people in private households had Covid-19 in the week of November 27, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). This is an increase from one in 65 people in private households the previous week.

At the height of the second wave in January this year, the proportion of people infected in England was one in 50.

This spike in infections has resulted in a nationwide lockdown as well as an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

No. 10 ruled out making vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory, a policy that has been put in place in Germany and Austria.

A spokesperson for the prime minister told reporters: “We have set our policy on this and we have said that this is not something we would seek to introduce. “

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