United Kingdom

First Omicron strain death recorded in UK

17:53, 13 December 2021
First Omicron strain death recorded in UK Photo: Сергей Лантюхов/NEWS.ru

At least one person has died in the UK after being tested with the Omicron strain, the Guardian reported.

“Sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron,” the British Premier Minister Boris Jonhson said.

No deaths have been reported before for those infected with new strains as Johnson urged to revaccinate against COVD-19.

Due to its "highly contagious" nature, the British government believes the new strain may "dominate and spread exponentially." 

The London School of Hygiene predicts that Omicron infections will hit record levels in the United Kingdom this winter, and hospitalizations could surpass last year's figures, the National Health Service (NHS) reported.

In late November, the UK strengthened COVID measures amid the new strain outbreak. Face coverings at public places as well as PCR tests for those who enter the country will become mandatory in the country. People who contacted with the new variant would have to self isolate even if inoculated twice, Johnson said at a conference at Downing Street.

On December 13, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID-19, the office of the head of state reported.

The variant B.1.1.529 or Omicron was found in South Africa in November.