Omicron Covid variant cases expected to rise, says UK health minister – video

The UK health minister, Edward Argar, has said he expects cases of the new Omicron Covid variant to rise after a number of infections were confirmed in Britain. New restrictions are being imposed this week in an attempt to limit the spread of the variant, first identified in South Africa, which scientists fear could be highly transmissible and evade some vaccine protections.

Argar reiterated comments that ministers were hopeful that ‘swift, precautionary stepswould mean no extra measures would be needed to combat the new variant.

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