U.K. Confirms Two Cases of Omicron Coronavirus Variant

Because the world scrambles to forestall the unfold of the brand new Omicron coronavirus variant that was first detected in southern Africa, the U.Ok.’s Well being Safety Company confirmed on Saturday that two instances of the variant have been recorded within the nation.

The instances are mentioned to be linked to journey in southern Africa, the British authorities confirmed in a press release. Sajid Javid, Britain’s well being secretary, described the brand new instances as a “stark reminder” that the pandemic was not but over.

“Due to our world class genomic sequencing, we now have been made conscious of two U.Ok. instances of the Omicron variant,” Mr. Javid mentioned. “We’ve got moved quickly, and the people are self-isolating whereas contact tracing is ongoing.”

The nation’s well being company is now finishing up focused testing at a number of areas the place the optimistic instances may probably have been unfold.

Along with the six international locations in southern Africa that have been added onto Britain’s journey “pink listing” on Friday to forestall the unfold of the Omicron variant, an extra 4 international locations, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola, have additionally been added. Being on the listing requires vacationers to quarantine in a government-approved resort for 10 days.

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