Covid-19: Omicron cases confirmed in Haringey and Barnet

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Cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been detected in Haringey, Camden, Barnet and Westminster - Credit: PA

New cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Barnet, Haringey and Westminster.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has today - November 30 - confirmed a further eight cases of the new strain in England.

The nine additional cases found in Scotland means there are now 22 cases across the two countries.

The agency said two cases have been detected in Barnet, two in Camden, one in Haringey, one in Liverpool, one in Brentwood, one in north Norfolk, one in Nottingham, one in Sutton, another in Wandsworth and two in Westminster.

Officials said that individuals who have tested positive and their contacts are all isolating.

Work is under way to identify any links to travel to southern Africa, the UKHSA said.

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.”

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She added: “Following the change in JCVI advice yesterday, a booster dose for everyone over 18 years is now recommended at a minimum of three months from your last primary course jab.

“Please take up this offer as soon as you are invited to protect yourself, your families and your communities.

“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.”