Omicron cases surging in UK, Scandinavia

Dec. 14, 2021

There are now 4,713 confirmed cases of Omicron in the United Kingdom, including 10 people who have been hospitalized, the UK government said.

“While Omicron represents over 20% of cases in England — we’ve already seen it rise to over 44% in London, and we expect it to become the dominant COVID-19 variant in the capital in the next 48 hours,” said UK Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid in an oral statement to Parliament on COVID-19.

As a result of the surge in cases, the UK raised the COVID Alert level to 4, its second-highest level, over the weekend. And the National Health Service England has returned to its highest level of emergency preparedness: Level 4 National Incident.

Meanwhile, officials in Norway and Denmark also predicted a rapid increase in Omicron infections in their countries, saying they expect the variant to dominate the case counts over the next few days, according to The New York Times.

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