First Omicron Variant Cases Discovered in U.K. Says Health Secretary


    First Omicron Alternative Cases Found in U.K. Says Health Secretary

    The U.K has validated its very first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variation a day after it announced travel restrictions from southern Africa.Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Saturday that he had actually been informed by the U.K Health Security Agency (UKHSA )of 2 cases of the Omicron version.” The 2 cases are connected and there is a connection with travel to southern Africa,” he tweeted.” These people are self-isolating with their homes while

    more screening and contact tracing is underway, “he added.In follow-up tweets, Javid said that as a precaution, additional targeted screening would

    happen” in the impacted areas– Nottingham and Chelmsford– and sequencing all favorable cases. “Chelmsford is about 30 miles east of London, in the county of Essex, while Nottingham is about 100 miles north of the British capital, in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands.Javid stated the U.K would include Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola to the 6 southern African countries already on its travel red list, effective from 4 a.m. Sunday.This is a developing story.< source type=" image/webp" media=" (min-width: 992px) "srcset= " 1x" >

    COVID test in South Africa airport
    < source type =" image/jpeg" media=" (min-width: 992px)" srcset=" 1x" >< source type=" image/webp" media= "( min-width: 768px)" srcset= " 1x ">< source type=" image/jpeg" media=" (min-width: 768px)" srcset=" 1x "> < source type =" image/webp" media=" (min-width: 481px)" srcset=" 1x "> < source type=" image/webp" media=" (min-width: 0px)" srcset =" 1x" >< source type=" image/jpeg "media= "( min-width: 0px)" srcset=" 1x" >< source type=" image/webp" srcset= "" >< img loading=" lazy" class=" mapping-embed imgPhoto "id=" i1941056 "src=" "alt=" COVID test in South Africa airport "width=" 790" height=" 527" > A healthcare worker does a Covid-19 test on a traveller at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021. The U.K. has prohibited flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron.
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    Published at Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:43:46 +0000

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