The UK government said on Saturday that two cases of Omicron, a new form of corona virus, have been confirmed in the country. Four more countries in Africa have been included in the ‘Red List’ for travel to Britain in view of the new form of virus cases. Health Minister Sajid Javed said that the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) has identified patients infected with the new form of the virus in Chelmsford, Essex and Nottingham. Both the cases are related to each other.
Both the patients are in separate residence at their respective homes and people who came in contact with them are being searched. Britain on Friday placed South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini on the ‘Red List’. Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia were announced on Saturday to add to that list. Will go. The Health Minister said, “We have always been taking decisive steps. We will not hesitate to take further action if necessary.
Javid said, “We will conduct tests in the targeted areas and sequencing of confirmed samples will be done.” The Health Minister said, “This reminds us that this epidemic is not over yet. If there’s one thing everyone can do it’s that you get a dose of the vaccine if you’re eligible.” The potentially more infectious form B.1.1529 was first reported on 24 November by South Africa. The Health Organization (WHO) was notified and has since been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. The WHO on Friday named it Omicron, describing it as a “worrying”. “Worrying nature” is the WHO’s top category of more dangerous forms of corona virus.
UK officials said the two new cases were detected in the country because Britain is the “global leader” in genome sequencing. The Health Minister said in a tweet, “As a precaution, we will test target areas in Nottingham and Chelmsford and all samples with confirmed infection will be sequenced. The situation is changing rapidly and we are taking decisive steps to protect public health.