Third case of new Omicron Covid variant confirmed in UK

A THIRD case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been confirmed in the UK, in a person who visited London but has since left the country, the UK Health Security Agency said.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the individual tested positive for the Covid-19 variant after travelling to the UK and it is connected to travel to southern Africa.

It said the individual is no longer in the UK, but targeted testing is being carried out at locations the person visited when they were likely to have been infectious.

It additional that while in the UK, the individual was in Westminster, central London.

Read more: Mandatory confront masks among new Covid rules

On Saturday, it was announced facemasks will become mandatory for indoor public places and transport, he announced at a press conference on Saturday evening. 

All travellers to UK must take a PCR test and self isolate until they receive a negative consequence.

Meanwhile, a rule of mandatory self isolation at home for ten days for everyone in contact with a positive case will also be enforced. 

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of UKHSA, said: “Our progressive sequencing capabilities permit us to find variants and take rapid action to limit onward spread.

“It is very likely that we will find more situations over the coming days, as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection by focused contact tracing.

“We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, harsh disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

Read more: All you need to know about the new Omicron Covid variant

“It’s basic that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test closest.

“Vaccination is basic to help us bolster our defences against this new variant – please get your first, second or booster jab without delay.

“use a disguise in crowded places, including public transport and shops, to ensure we all help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.”

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