Omicron cases surge in the UK: 75 new cases confirmed - 'Please wear face coverings!'

A further 75 cases of the Omicron variant have been recorded in England, the UK Government has confirmed. Just 29 cases had previously been reported in the country, leading scientists to warn that following Covid guidance is “critical”.

All individuals that tested positive for the Omicron variant were asked to self-isolate, along with their close contacts.

However, some of the new cases weren’t linked to outside travel, hinting at community transmission.

Cases have now been spotted in the East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.

Wales has reported its first case of Omicron, and a further 16 cases were recorded in Scotland.

Omicron cases surge in the UK: 75 new cases confirmed - 'Please wear face coverings!'
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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has urged everyone to continue wearing face coverings in crowded spaces, in a bid to stop the rising cases.

Face coverings became compulsory again earlier this week, after the arrival of the Omicron variant in the UK.

Everyone now has to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport.

It’s also important to open windows and to continue washing hands wherever possible.

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Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said: “Increased case detection through focused contact tracing has led to more cases of the Omicron variant being identified and confirmed, as we have seen in other countries globally.

“We are continuing to monitor the data closely. Teams nationally and locally are working at pace to identify and trace all close contacts of every Omicron case. It is critical that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.

“We have started to see cases where there are no links to travel, suggesting that we have a small amount of community transmission. That’s why it’s so important that everybody, everywhere, takes simple steps to protect themselves from infection. Please wear face coverings in line with government guidance, let in fresh air when mixing indoors and wash your hands regularly.

“Vaccination is critical to help us bolster our defences against this new variant so please get your first, second, third or booster jab as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your families and your communities.”

Omicron cases surge in the UK: 75 new cases confirmed - 'Please wear face coverings!'
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Anybody that tests positive for the Omicron variant will be notified, as well as their close contacts.

They are required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated, or not.

Everyone with Covid symptoms should get tested for the virus as soon as possible.

Dr Harries also urged everyone to get their booster jabs as soon as they’re contacted by the NHS.

The most common Covid symptoms include a cough, a fever, and a loss of smell or taste.

The UK recorded 53,067 new cases of the virus in its latest daily update.

At the time same time, 141 people died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

More than 10 million people have tested positive for Covid in the UK since the start of the pandemic.

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