UK Confirms First Death From Omicron COVID-19 Variant
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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Monday, confirmed that at least one person has died in Britain after being infected with the Omicron variant.

This is coming even as the country launched an ambitious Covid booster shot programme to stop the virus’ spread.

Africa Today News, New York reports that Britain which is among the countries worst hit by the global health crisis since last year has now become the first government to officially announce a death from the virus mutation.

On a visit to a vaccination centre in west London, Johnson said Omicron accounted for about 40 per cent of the cases in the British capital, and hospital admissions were rising.

‘Sadly, at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron,’ he told reporters, a day after warning the country was facing a ‘tidal wave’ of infection.

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Britain on Sunday sounded the alarm by raising the national Covid Alert Level because of high levels and rising rates of transmission.

In a rare televised address, Johnson said emergency measures were needed to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed in the weeks ahead.

All adults will now be able to receive a third dose of a Covid vaccine by the end of December after the government brought forward its deadline by one month.

But in a sign of huge demand, the National Health Service (NHS) vaccination booking site crashed and users requesting rapid testing kits were told they were out of stock.

Long queues were seen at London clinics. At one, Sarah Jackson, 29, said she had taken the morning off to get a jab before visiting her grandparents at Christmas.

The ‘turbocharged’ booster programme has seen military planners asked to set up and run extra vaccination centres around the clock.

Some 500,000 booster jabs were given on Saturday but to hit the new deadline that number will have to be doubled every day for the remainder of the year to slow the spread.

 

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK

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