UK Omicron cases surge to more than 3,000 after 65% spike in a single DAY


The total number of people who contracted the new coronavirus strain in the UK now stands at 3,137. England is the worst affected nation of the country, with a total of 2,953 Omicron cases

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The number of Omicron cases in the UK has risen by 1,239 in a day, the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed.

The total number of people who contracted the new coronavirus strain in the country now stands at 3,137.

Of the new infections, 1,196 were reported across England, bringing the total number of Omicron cases in the nation to 2,953.

Scotland reported 38 additional Omicron cases for a total of 159 across the nation.

No new Omicron cases have been reported in Wales, where the total number of infections now stands at 15.

Northern Ireland has recorded five additional infections – with 10 cases in total.

The number of Omicron cases in the UK now stands at 3,137
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It comes as health officials confirmed double-jabbed people identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19 in England will be told to take a daily rapid test for seven days from Tuesday.

Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for this new daily testing policy and they must self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive.

The daily testing aims to reduce pressures on people’s everyday lives by replacing the requirement for Omicron contacts to isolate for 10 days, the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) said.

The policy also aims to protect the public by identifying asymptomatic cases and stopping the chains of transmission.

More than 3,000 people in the UK have contracted the Omicron variant
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People will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace by phone, email or text or they will receive a notification from the NHS Covid-19 app to tell them they are a contact of someone who tested positive and what action they need to take.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The Omicron variant is quickly gaining ground in the UK and is expected to become the dominant strain by mid-December.

“We are taking this proportionate and more practical measure to limit the impact on people’s day-to-day lives while helping to reduce the spread of Omicron.

“Vaccines remain our best defence and I urge anyone yet to get a first and second jab to come forward and those eligible for a booster to get boosted as soon as possible.”

Sajid Javid urged people to get their vaccines to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant
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Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “If you are identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19, taking a rapid daily test – and only needing to isolate if it is positive – will help reduce the spread of the virus and minimise its impact on our everyday lives over the coming weeks and months.

“Rapid tests are freely available in pharmacies and online. Our latest analysis shows that boosters provide the best protection against the Omicron variant, please go forward when you are called.

“If you haven’t had any vaccine, a first and second dose still gives you protection against becoming seriously unwell.

“Don’t worry about stepping forwards now – you will be warmly welcomed by our vaccination staff and I would strongly advise you to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Yesterday, experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calculated figures which show a large wave of infections could occur over the next few months if tougher measures are not brought in.

The scientists, who advise the government, said the new Covid-19 strain could cause between 25,000 to 75,000 deaths in England over the next five months.

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