UK’s first patient killed by Omicron was ‘fit but unvaccinated conspiracy theorist’


A man claiming to be the first Omicron victim’s stepson has said he was a Covid conspiracy theorist who refused to get vaccinated, and died only a week after arriving into hospital

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The UK’s first Omicron victim was a fit and healthy man in his early seventies who believed the Covid-19 vaccine was a ploy by the government to control the population, his stepson has claimed.

Boris Johnson confirmed the first death from the variant earlier this week, and since then Omicron has swept its way across the country, and is now the dominant variant in London.

A man, giving his name only as John, made the claim about the victim’s identity after phoning in to Nick Ferrari’s radio show on LBC.

John, from Smithfield, said his sister told him that his stepfather had died from Omicron in a hospital in Northampton.

He said he knew it was his stepdad because his sister had been informed by doctors at the hospital.

“He was a recluse to be honest. He never left the house, had all his food delivered and only left the house to go to the bins and the postbox. He was one of the cleanest guys I’d ever known”, John told Ferrari.

The victim died a week after being admitted to hospital (file picture)
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“But this is the important thing. He wasn’t vaccinated. My sister is gutted but on the other hand she’s a little bit angry that he never took the vaccine. She did have an argument with him about it in October about this very thing.

“He thought it was a conspiracy. He read it online. He was an intelligent man.

“Had he been vaccinated, he would probably still be here.”

John added his stepfather passed away on Monday, just a week after arriving into hospital.

“He started to look good but went downhill just like that,” he said. “He wasn’t able to speak, he was scared. I think if you’re in hospital, having 80% oxygen fired at you, you would regret it (not having a jab) wouldn’t you.

“I would. He was fit. He ate healthy, he didn’t smoke and didn’t drink in 30 years.”

People are being urged to get their booster vaccine as the variant sweeps across the country
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John added that it was those who are refusing to be vaccinated who should be worried with the vast spread of the new variant – which was only discovered on November 27.

“It might be an overreaction but we don’t know. It’s the people who haven’t been vaccinated – they’re the ones that need to be worried now. The key thing is that he wasn’t vaccinated and he’d probably still be here. He might be ill, but he’d still be here”.

The UK is facing skyrocketing Covid cases, and on Wednesday 78,610 daily infections were confirmed by the Department of Health, the highest figure of the pandemic so far.

The last figures have sparked concern from the political and scientific community alike, and fuelled concerns the UK could be heading for yet another lockdown.

There have been warnings of a further surge in Covid cases due to Omicron

Latest data shows the number of confirmed Omicron cases has soared by more than 2,000 per cent in a week.

An anxious Prof Chris Whitty said the Omicron strain was spreading at a “phenomenal” rate, adding: “All the things we do know are bad.”

So far the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed 10,017 cases of the mutation, up from just 437 a week ago.

Latest data shows the number of confirmed Omicron cases has soared by more than 2,000 per cent in a week.

An anxious Prof Chris Whitty said the Omicron strain was spreading at a “phenomenal” rate, adding: “All the things we do know are bad.”

So far the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed 10,017 cases of the mutation, up from just 437 a week ago.

In the past week 404,869 people have tested positive for Covid-19 – an alarming 19.1 per cent higher than the previous week, Department of Health figures show.

But full genomic testing is a slow process, with a quick test – known as the S Gene Failure – revealing numbers are rising steeply in all regions, Prof Whitty said.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the House of Commons on Monday that the real number of Omicron infections could be as high as 200,000 a day.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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