Daily Mail | 4 Dec 2021
Health chiefs reveal 55% of those with Covid super-strain had both jabs amid fears it can dodge shots – as UK daily cases creep up
- Data on confirmed Covid cases in England show how the Omicron variant is already taking hold in the country
- Proportion of confirmed positive tests that didn’t detect the spike protein increased from 0.1% to 0.3%
- One scientist said it equates around 60 more cases with hallmark than usual, suggesting Omicron infections
- Comes as R rate spirals from less than one to 3.5 in South Africa’s Omicron epicentre Gauteng province
- Lead UK epidemiologist says Omicron infections likely appear mild because of immunity from past infections
- WHO officials suggested on Thursday that Covid cases were milder in those who caught the Omicron strain
- Information released today revealed SAGE have suggested work from home guidance and vaccine passports
- Documents revealed cases could surge to ‘similar or even larger’ than previous waves
More than half of England’s Omicron Covid cases were in double-vaccinated people, health officials revealed today amid fears the super-mutant can slip past existing jabs.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said 12 of the 22 known cases up to November 30 — 55 per cent — were in people who had at least two doses.
Cases of Omicron have risen domestically since, with 59 infections found across the UK in total. Six were unvaccinated, two were partially vaccinated with one dose and the vaccination status of the remaining two is not known.