UK records two cases of Omicron — the new highly infectious COVID variant

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The UK has recorded two cases of Omicron — the new highly infectious COVID-19 variant.

According to the BBC, Sajid Javid, the British health secretary, said the two cases were detected in Chelmsford, Essex, and in Nottingham.

He said the cases are currently self-isolating, and that tracing and tracking of their contacts is in progress.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) described Omicron as a “variant of concern”, calling on global leaders to take action to contain its spread.

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