First person dies from Omicron variant in United Kingdom

Health Secretary Sajid Javid says new variant is spreading at a ‘phenomenal rate’

Reuters December 13, 2021
A medical specialist takes care of a patient at the City Clinical Hospital Number 52, where people suffering from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are treated, in Moscow, Russia October 21, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS


At least one patient has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

"Sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron," Johnson told reporters.

"So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus - I think that's something we need to set on one side - and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population."

Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov 27 in the United Kingdom, Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions, and on Sunday he urged people to get booster shots to prevent the health service from being overwhelmed.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the Omicron coronavirus variant was spreading at a "phenomenal rate" and now accounted for about 40% of infections in London.


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