Health officials reveal more than half of Omicron cases in UK

More than half of Omicron cases in the UK have been in Britons who received the double vaccine, health officials have revealed.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned the mutant variant was “spreading rapidly and successfully” after it was first identified here last weekend.

Scientists are probing whether Omicron can escape vaccine immunity


Scientists are probing whether Omicron can escape vaccine immunityCredit: Dan Charity

It comes as Omicron cases have more than tripled, with 92 cases detected in the last 24 hours.

UKHSA has put the super strain on the highest “red alert” level due to concerns that it could evade immunity to both vaccines and previous infections and spread rapidly.

The agency found 12 out of 22 Omicron The UK cases are among people who have had at least two doses of the vaccine.

Two others received one shot at least four weeks before testing positive, six were unvaccinated, and vaccine data on the other two cases are not available.

There are no known cases of hospitalization or death.

But UKHSA said most of the cases were recent and pointed out that the disparity between the onset of infection and hospitalization and death.

Tonight it is confirmed that there have been another 75 cases reported in the UK, bringing the total to 104.

The first Omicron case was reported in Wales, with 16 cases detected in Scotland, bringing the total there to 29.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon blamed the Steps concert in Glasgow on 22 November for a cluster of cases north of the border.

In its risk assessment, UKHSA warned the variant had “mutations that suggest reduced protection from vaccine-derived immunity”.

It also warns of reduced protection from natural immunity in people who have previously been infected with other variants such as Delta or Alpha.

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But it warned that their confidence level in the findings was “low” as scientists waited for new data.

It comes as the Covid SPI-M modeling team says it could be another five years before the virus is no longer a danger to the NHS.

It means annual attacks could be here in the near future.

For the second day in a row, the number of Daily Covid cases in the UK topped 50,000 for the second day in a row – the first day in a row with 50,000 cases in five months.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA’s chief executive, said: “Thanks to very high levels of vaccine coverage, we already have a solid wall of defense against Covid-19 as new variants emerge. .

“We are working as quickly as we can to gather more evidence of any impact the new variant may have on disease severity or vaccine effectiveness.

“Until we have this evidence, we must exercise the highest degree of caution in drawing conclusions about any significant risk to people’s health.”

Professor Rosemary Boyton, of Imperial College London, said: “Available vaccines appear to protect against hospitalization and death, and there is no reason for us to think it won’t. true for any subsequent variation”.

Scientists here estimate that one in every 300 new cases is due to the mutant super strain, which was first reported from South Africa last month.

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