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‘100,000 new confirmed cases’ UK “90% of confirmed cases are Omicron infection”

Health Minister: “There will be no further restrictions in England before the new year”

UK Corona 19 Vaccination Center staff wearing santa hats

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(Paris = Yonhap News) Correspondent Hyeon Hye-ran = In the UK, where around 100,000 people are infected with the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) every day, it was found that 9 out of 10 new cases were infected with the Omicron mutation.

Health Minister Sajid Zabid said on the 27th (local time) that while uncertainty remains, about 90% of COVID-19 cases in England have been identified as Omicron infection.

The omicron mutation, which South Africa reported a month ago, is less dangerous than the delta mutation, which is currently the dominant species for COVID-19, but is evaluated to have stronger transmission power.

The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK today was 98,515, a slight decrease from the previous day on the 26th (103,558), the BBC reported.

Zavid also said that although the virus is spreading rapidly, he does not plan to introduce additional restrictions in England before the new year.

Sky News reported that he said this while urging people to be extra careful, such as being tested for COVID-19 in advance, if they participate in the New Year’s Eve event.

Even after analyzing the same data, unlike England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have strengthened quarantine measures, Minister Javid replied that the decision is made by each government.

“During the Christmas break, we observed changes in people’s habits, such as vaccinations and testing for COVID-19,” he said. “All of these will help contain the virus.”

Earlier, the governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland tightened the regulatory screws again, including limiting the number of gatherings from the 26th and strengthening the quarantine measures applied when using restaurants.

The UK has the 4th highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world with 12,209,991 confirmed cases, and the 7th highest in the world with 148,03 deaths.

runran@yna.co.kr

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