News release from 01/12/2021

Omicron case confirmed in South Cambridgeshire

Omicron case confirmed in South Cambridgeshire

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has this afternoon confirmed that a case of the Omicron variant has been detected in South Cambridgeshire. It is among a further nine cases of this variant in England, bringing the total number to 22. Our public health colleagues at Cambridgeshire County Council have confirmed that the subject is isolating, and they are working with the UKHSA to identify all contacts, so that they can self-isolate.

Jyoti Atri, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Director of Public Health, said: "We are working closely with UKHSA to identify any close contacts of the confirmed case who has recently returned to the UK from an area where Omicron is circulating.  We are providing support and advice to make sure that they are self-isolating appropriately while their PCR tests are carried out.

"Omicron is a variant that we are concerned about. We need to understand how much protection the current vaccines offer against this variant, if it is more transmissible or has a worse effect on people than the current variants. Scientists are currently studying the virus and we will know more in the coming weeks.

"Protective measures - such as compulsory face coverings in public indoor spaces (for example, shops and public transport) are being put in place. There are also new regulations for people returning from abroad. These measures will buy time while we learn more about this variant, and while the booster vaccination programme is extended. 

"So, please make sure that you observe these measures, and if you haven’t done so already, please ensure that you have your initial two vaccinations. Please also book your booster as soon as you are eligible, as this remains the best protection for you, the people you love and the wider community.

"www.thevaccinators.co.uk has all the available venues and times across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It is being regularly updated with new sites and times as they become available."