At least one person has died in the United Kingdom from the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, which in London alone already represents approximately “40% of cases”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday.
Speaking to the media during a visit to a vaccination center in the Paddington neighborhood, in the west of the British capital, the Tory leader warned that “sadly, omicron is producing hospitalizations and at least one patient has died” for her.
The conservative leader also rejected the current perception that this variant produces less serious effects than others.
“This idea that (the variant) is a milder version of the virus is something that we must park and recognize how quickly it accelerates (its spread) among the population. So the best we can do is all get the booster dose. “ of the vaccine, Johnson noted.
The chief executive announced yesterday that from today the booster dose will be offered against the COVID-19 to all those over 18 years of age in England – provided at least three months have passed since the second dose – in order to combat the “the sea”Of infections that are expected to reach the country.
Johnson warned today that “about 40%”Of the COVID-19 cases now registered in London belong to that variant, while the country’s hospitals have already begun to receive omicron-infected patients and there is fear of a collapse of the NHS (public health service).
The “premier”, who last week announced the entry into force of new restrictions such as the generalization of the use of masks in closed public places, the requirement for COVID certificates to enter nightclubs or shows or the recommendation to telework, alluded to the vote scheduled tomorrow in the Commons, where deputies will decide whether to support those rules.
“I think everyone should recognize a couple of things: that omicron represents a very serious risk to public health, and that it spreads very quickly, and I think there is no room for complacency.” remarked.
At the same time, he recalled that the country has vaccines and that the British position “it’s incomparably better than last year”.
“I am confident that the citizens, and also the colleagues in (the Parliament of) Westminster, and across the country, understand that the measures we introduce are balanced and proportionate,” he pointed.
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