U.K. detects third case of Omicron COVID-19 variant – National

Britain has recorded the third case of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant, the UK Health Security Agency said on Sunday, adding that the individual, who was no longer in Britain, was connected to travel to Southern Africa.

UKHSA said that while in Britain, the individual was in Westminster in central London.

“Our progressive sequencing capabilities permit us to find variants and take rapid action to limit onward spread,” Jenny Harries, chief executive of UKHSA, said in a statement.

“It is very likely that we will find more situations over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection by focused contact tracing.”

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— Reporting by Elizabeth Piper

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