The UK might have extra circumstances of omicron than some international locations on the journey purple record, Professor Tim Spector has mentioned.
The professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s School London advised BBC Breakfast: “The official estimates are about 350-odd Omicron circumstances, and since the present testing is lacking a whole lot of these, it is most likely no less than 1,000 to 2,000 I might guess in the meanwhile.
“And we expect this to be doubling about each two days in the meanwhile, so for those who do your maths – say assumed it is 1,000 in the meanwhile, and also you suppose it will be doubling each two days, you possibly can see that these numbers are going to be fairly (excessive) definitely in about 10 days time.
“By that point, we’ll most likely have extra circumstances than they may in a few of these African international locations.”
Dr Jeffrey Barrett, director of the Covid-19 genomics initiative on the Wellcome Sanger Institute, additionally mentioned he thought omicron would take over from delta within the UK because the dominant variant of coronavirus “inside a matter of weeks”.