The omicron variant is “spreading quickly” within the UK and will quickly turn out to be the dominant Covid-19 pressure, specialists have warned, after case numbers surged by greater than 50 per cent in a day.
The variety of confirmed instances in Britain rose to 246 on yesterday, the UK Well being Safety Company confirmed, an increase of 86 in 24 hours, whereas “a whole lot” extra are prone to be circulating undetected.
There have been 18 new instances in Scotland, with a quickly escalating outbreak within the west of the nation and the primary confirmed case within the Edinburgh space, whereas the remaining 68 new infections have been recorded in England.
Whereas there may be nonetheless uncertainty concerning the transmissibility of the pressure and the extent to which it may show proof against vaccines, scientists warned that there was rising proof that it unfold far quicker than the presently dominant delta variant.
Professor Mark Woolhouse, a authorities scientific adviser, informed the BBC the omicron variant was “extremely transmissible” and was spreading “very quickly” in South Africa.
Daniel Sanderson has extra details on this story here. And this is a take a look at the trajectory of the UK’s outbreak: