Omicron Covid: Third case of variant confirmed in UK

A third case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed, with contact tracing now underway in Westminster and in Essex and Nottingham.

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As the government steps up efforts to delay the spread of the new strain, it’s also confirmed that secondary school pupils in England will need to wear masks in communal areas.

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that with the new measures being put in place, families should plan Christmas ‘as normal’.

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