In response to well being secretary Sajid Javid, the rise was a part of “regular” life returning and BA.2 presenting as a extra infectious pressure.
The UKHSA found the brand new variant – recognized colloquially as Stealth Omicron – in December final yr.
The UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) has labelled it a “variant beneath investigation”.
Stealth Omicron could possibly be chargeable for inflicting roughly half of all new circumstances detected in England.
Former World Well being Organisation (WHO) professor Adrian Esterman stated it has a “copy quantity” of “about 12”.
He wrote on Twitter that this brings its infectivity near measles.
Whereas now changing into dominant within the UK, Stealth Omicron could battle to remain for lengthy, as public immunity rapidly foiled a earlier peak in Denmark.
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