WorldThe world has the first death from the Omicron variant

The world has the first death from the Omicron variant

Since the first cases of the Omicron variant were detected on November 27 in the UK, Mr Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions and warned that the variant could overwhelm the immune defenses of those affected. who received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

He did not give details about the death, so it is not clear whether the patient had received the vaccine or had an underlying medical condition. Many of the Omicron deaths may have occurred in other countries but there have been no publicly confirmed cases outside of the UK.

People walk through Liverpool City Center (UK), December 13

Before the death was announced, the UK said 10 people infected with the Omicron strain had been hospitalized in different parts of the country. Their ages ranged from 18 to 85 and most had received two doses of the vaccine.

The UK Health Security Service says Omicron – first detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong in late November – can overcome immunity created by two doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. .


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People come to get a Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccination center at St John’s Church (London, England), December 13.

South Africa’s Department of Health said that it could not confirm with certainty if there had been any deaths caused by Omicron because previous deaths were not classified by variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was facing a “tidal wave” of Omicrons and two vaccines would not be enough to prevent, while the government accelerated its booster vaccination program. The UK responded to the Omicron variant by introducing a “Plan B”, requiring many people to work remotely, wear masks in public and introduce vaccination regulations.