Nicola Sturgeon update on RECAP covid as all nine Omicron cases link to private event

Cutting social contacts will stop spreading, says Covid expert

The head of the UK’s Health Security Agency urged people not to socialize if they don’t need it, as a health minister insisted that “of course Christmas is on good way”.

Dr Jenny Harries said people could do their part to slow the spread of the new Omicron variant by reducing the number of social contacts they have, as she urged people to get their booster shots.

Some 14 cases of the variant have so far been identified across the UK, although experts expect the number to increase in the coming days.

It is believed that the variant could be more transmissible and could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, although England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has said vaccines could still prevent serious illness.

Dr Harries told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that although our “vaccines appear to be effective, but we are finding that the variant is more highly transmissible, having low intensity infection, but in a very large number of the population, (she) could still be a big impact on our hospitals.

“And, of course, our behaviors in the winter and especially around Christmas, we tend to socialize more, so I think that will have to be taken into account.”

When asked whether to tell people to work from home in England, as is the case in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, she replied: “We have seen that everyone world has not gone back to work and I would like to think more about it in a general way, that is if we all decrease our social contact a bit, it actually helps to keep the variant at bay.

“So I think we have to be careful, not to socialize when we don’t particularly need it and especially to go and get those booster shots that, of course, people will now be able to have three months apart from their class. main.”

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