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The United Kingdom has faced the world’s first Omicron death

world's first Omicron death

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one person died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant.
  • The first publicly confirmed death worldwide from the rapidly spreading strain.

According to Johnson, Omicron accounted for roughly 40% of cases in London, and hospital admissions were increasing. “Unfortunately, at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron,” he told reporters a day after warning of a “tidal wave” of infection in the country.

40% of COVID-19 infections in London; Image from The Guardian

The Asian Development Bank miss its growth forecasts for developing Asia for this year and next to account for the risks and uncertainty posed by the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

“It’s spreading at a phenomenal rate, something we’ve never seen before; infections are doubling every two to three days,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid told News on Monday, adding that the new strain accounts for roughly 40% of infections in London. “We’re back in a race between the vaccine and the virus,” he says.

The pound fell 0.4 percent to $1.3225 on Monday, while it held steady against the euro at 85.29 pence. Meanwhile, the National Health Service announced that the online vaccine booking system was overloaded and that people should try again later.

“The COVID vaccine booking service is currently experiencing extremely high demand, so a queueing system is in place,” the National Health Service stated on Twitter. “For anyone else experiencing wait times, we recommend trying again later today or tomorrow.”

Source: Business standard

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