UK reports 86 new cases of Omicron bringing total to 246

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An additional 86 cases of the Omicron Covid cases have been detected in the United Kingdom, leading the total number of cases to 246, according to British health officials.

According to the UK Health Security Agency, this compares to a total of 160 on Saturday, a 50 percent increase (UKHSA).

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According to official numbers issued on Sunday, Britain registered 43,992 new Covid-19 infections, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the nation to 10,464,389 cases.

A total of 54 people died due to the COVID-19 in the country. The overall number of deaths caused by the COVID-19 in the United Kingdom has now touched 145,605. Only persons who died in 28 days of their first positive test are included in these statistics.

The latest figures came as British Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that beginning at 0400 GMT on Tuesday, all international visitors to the UK, including children over the age of 12, will be required to take a pre-departure test. He further stated that they must be taken at least 48 hours prior to leaving.

Nigeria will also be on the red travel list starting at 0400 GMT on Monday, December 6. It joins a number of southern African countries that were added to the list after the Omicron version was discovered late last month.

When asked about the new travel restrictions, professor Mark Woolhouse, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), told the BBC, “I think it’s too late to make a meaningful change to the path of the Omicron wave if we’re going to have one.”

According to the latest numbers, more than 88 percent of people aged 12 and up in the United Kingdom have received their first dose of vaccine, and approximately 81 percent have received both doses. Booster shots or the third dosage of a coronavirus vaccination have been given to more than 35% of people.

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Nations such as the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the United States have been running against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines to bring back normalcy.

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