People wearing face coverings wait at a bus stop displaying a government advertisement promoting the NHS covid-19 vaccine booster programme in London. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
BRITAIN reported record Covid-19 infections for the third consecutive day on Friday (17), with a rise to 93,045 new cases fuelled by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.
The government will hold an emergency committee meeting on Omicron at the weekend with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, British prime minister Boris Johnson’s office said after he spoke with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Johnson and Sturgeon agreed that Omicron posed a “significant threat to health and the economy”, a spokesperson for the Scottish leader said.
The UK Health Security Agency (HSA) said Omicron cases were doubling in less than two days in all regions of England, apart from the south-west. The variant is already estimated to account for more than 80 per cent of new cases in London.