Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) which replaced Public Health England in October has found that at least one person in Bradford has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The statistics show that at least three people in Leeds and three people in Sheffield have also tested positive for the variant. The data has also confirmed a case in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and East Riding.
This comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid spoke in parliament yesterday about the new ‘Plan B’ restrictions and the ramp-up of booster jabs before the end of the year.
Non-emergency appointments and surgeries are to be put on hold until the new year so that NHS staff can deliver the vital third dose of the coronavirus vaccines to protect against Omicron. In London, 44% of all cases of Covid-19 are of the Omicron variant, and it is expected that it will be the main type of Covid-19 cases in the next 24 hours.
Bradford Council has confirmed that there is at least one person who has tested positive for the Omicron variant and that it is likely there are more cases that have not yet been detected.
A spokesperson for Bradford Council said: “UKHSA is leading the ongoing investigation into a confirmed Omicron variant case confirmed in the Bradford District.
“Bradford Council is working closely with them to ensure all appropriate actions to identify close contacts and arrange testing are completed. There are likely to be more cases in the district that are currently undetected.
Sarah Muckle, Director of Public Health for Bradford Council, said: “I want to reassure all our residents we have good measures in place for dealing with COVID-19 variants and these are working well. The Council will continue to do everything we can to keep residents safe
“Although this is a new variant of Covid-19, the advice on how best to limit its spread remains the same.
“It is as important to ensure you are up-to-date with your Covid-19 vaccinations, especially in the run-up to Christmas when you may be planning to meet family and friends. If you haven’t had your first dose, I would strongly urge you to book online, by calling 119 or by visiting our Covid-19 vaccine page on our website.
“Continuing to wash your hands regularly, wearing masks inside or in crowded areas and keeping rooms well ventilated are other ways we can reduce the rates of infection in our communities and the spread of all variants of Covid-19.”