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Health & Fitness London Covid: Exactly where 13 London Omicron cases are as 4 more confirmed

19:06  01 december  2021
19:06  01 december  2021 Source:   mylondon.news

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  Omicron variant mapped: Where in UK 'very high' risk strain has been identified THE OMICRON Covid variant, first detected on November 25 by scientists in South Africa, has spread to several countries around the world so far including the UK - but where in the UK has Omicron been identified?In the UK, three cases had been reported across the nation as of Sunday, but an additional six in Scotland were confirmed on Monday.

Four more cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in London today (Wednesday, December 1).

It has been confirmed that cases of the worrying new Covid strain have been found in the capital, with two cases are in Lewisham, one in Newham and one further case in Westminster.

This brings the total number of cases official identified in the capital to 13, in the following locations:

  • Barnet (2)
  • Camden (2)
  • Westminster (3)
  • Haringey (1)
  • Sutton (1)
  • Wandsworth (1)
  • Newham (1)
  • Lewisham (2)

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The individuals that have tested positive and their contacts are all isolating. Work is underway to identify any links to travel to southern Africa.

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This brings the total number of cases identified in England to 22 (32 including 10 identified in Scotland).

Outside of London, the England cases are in the following local authorities:

  • Brentwood – 1
  • Buckinghamshire – 1
  • Lancaster – 1
  • Liverpool – 1
  • North Norfolk – 1
  • Nottingham – 1
  • South Cambridgeshire – 1
  • Three Rivers – 1

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said:

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

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

The government announced yesterday (30 November) that everyone over 18 would be offered a booster dose by January, being contacted by the NHS in 5 year age brackets.

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New rules, which Boris Johnson described as "proportionate" to the risk were introduced.

This includes mask wearing in shops and public transport, all international arrivals to take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test and all contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

Sajid Javid said scientists were working "night and day" to understand more about Omicron, which will determine whether or not more measures will be put in place.

He said an update from scientist is expected in a couple of weeks.

Dr Jenny Harries, from the UKHSA added: “Please make sure to wear a mask in line with government guidance, including on public transport and in shops, to help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.

“It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing. That’s why it’s critical that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.”

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The reasons why the omicron strain of the coronavirus appears to be milder .
Experts warn that it is still to early to draw definitive conclusions about this new variant, but studies suggest it is not intrinsically less serious, and rather is able to reinfect people who already have good defenses , making it seem less serious.The question is whether the new variant is in fact milder than previous ones. US biologist Marm Kilpatrick from the University of California puts it this way: “The short answer is that we don’t know yet.” The Imperial College report shows that the likelihood of ending up in hospital with omicron is up to 45% lower than with delta.

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