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UK Omicron cases hit 14 after three more people diagnosed with mutant variant

Scotland’s health secretary Humza Yousaf this morning announced that the number of cases in the country had risen to nine, while there have been five confirmed cases in England

There are now 14 confirmed cases of the new strain in the UK (file photo)

The number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the UK has risen to 14 this morning, after three more were confirmed in Scotland.

So far nine people have been identified with the mutant strain north of the border, along with five in England.

Scientists around the world are scrambling to find out if the variant, classified as “of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is more deadly or if it evades vaccines.

Scottish health secretary Humza Yousaf this morning said there are now five cases in the Lanarkshire area and four in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – up from the six across the two areas announced yesterday.

Health officials have so far announced three cases in London, as well as one in Brentwood, Essex, and one in Nottingham.

Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to announce confirmed cases.

Boris Johnson is set to give a Downing Street briefing about measures to contain the new variant
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Boris Johnson will give a Downing Street press conference this afternoon after new measures took force to tackle the Omicron variant.

The Prime Minister will speak after a flurry of announcements over the weekend as scientists found 11 cases of the strain with more than 30 mutations in the UK – with more cases expected to follow.

He is expected to speak about the new compulsory face mask rules which took effect in England from 4am today.

Mr Johnson will urge people to get their booster vaccines after the rollout was extended to all over-18s and the gap between second and third doses halved to three months.

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