Third Omicron COVID-19 Variant Case Detected in UK

The United Kingdom has detected its third case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Nov. 28.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that a third individual tested positive for the B.1.1.529 variant after travel to the UK and is linked to travel to Southern Africa.

UKHSA said that the individual was in Westminster, London but has since left the UK.

UKHSA said it was carrying out targeted testing at locations where the individual visited.

“Our advanced sequencing capabilities enable us to find variants and take rapid action to limit onward spread. It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing,” UKHSA Chief Executive Jenny Harries said in a statement.

“We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response, and vaccine efficacy,” Harries further said.

UK confirmed its first two cases of the variant on Nov. 27.

UKHSA designated the Omicron variant as a variant under investigation on Nov. 25 and as a variant of concern on Nov. 27.

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