Omicron COVID-19: Government defends approach to variant

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Published on 29 Nov 2021, 9:55
Coronavirus latest: THE UK has now got NINE confirmed cases of the mutant Covid variant Omicron - as Scotland reported six new infections this morning.

It comes as officials are desperately scrambling to stop the spread of the worrying new variant.

It has reached UK shores less than a week after being reported as a concern in African countries.

Three cases of the new Omicron variant had already been identified in England - although officials fear that means hundreds could already be infected.

One patient, in Essex, is said to be not seriously ill and isolating with their family.

But health chiefs are probing possible contacts they made at a local KFC and school, before knowing they were unwell.


Pupils at the unnamed school are being tested for the variant, and possible contacts made at the fast food restaurant in Brentwood are being tracked down.

There are more than 150 further infections in the UK already, Government sources have claimed.

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