Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed during a visit to a vaccination center near Paddington, west London, that one person in the UK has died from the Omicron form of coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, Omicron is causing hospitalizations, and at least one patient has been confirmed to have died as a result of Omicron.” As a result, I believe that this is a milder strain of the virus. That is something I believe we should put to one side and simply acknowledge the rate at which it is spreading throughout the population. So the greatest thing we can do now is collect all of our boosters,” he explained.
Johnson warned of a “tidal wave” of the highly transmissible strain in an urgent broadcast address on Sunday night.
He launched an expanded Omicron Emergency Boost program, which will provide all individuals over the age of 18 with a third top-up dosage of the Covid-19 vaccination.
“I am afraid we are now facing an emergency in our war with the new variation, Omicron,” Johnson said, according to PTI. “We must rapidly fortify our wall of vaccination protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe.”
Sajid Javid, the UK Health Secretary, reaffirmed the message on Monday, saying the Omicron form is “growing at a phenomenal rate” and infections are doubling every two to three days. According to Javid, ten people in England were hospitalized due to the Omicron variety.