Third person infected with Omicron variant identified in UK

A third Covid patient in the UK has been confirmed as carrying the Omicron variant, health officials have announced.

The discovery of the new strain, which was first discovered in South Africa and has been identified in people travelling from the country, has prompted a host of new restrictions.

Face coverings will be obligatory in shops and public transport in England from Tuesday while people entering the UK from anywhere in the world face tougher testing requirements.

Earlier on Sunday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the situation is ‘nowhere near’ the stage where social distancing might need to be reintroduced.

He previously told families to plan for Christmas ‘as normal’.

The first two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Brentwood, Essex, and in Nottingham, and both were linked to travel to South Africa.

A patient has been identified as the third confirmed case, although their location and travel history has not been disclosed.

This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for further updates.

Got a story? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] Or you can submit your videos and pictures here.

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news updates. You can now also get articles sent straight to your device. Sign up for our daily push alerts here.

Source: Read Full Article