British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has today confirmed the country’s first death from the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“Sadly, yes, Omicron is producing hospitalizations and sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron, Johnson told reporters.
“So, I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, I think that’s something we need to set on one side and just recognize the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population. So, the best thing we can do is all get our boosters,” he said.
He had earlier warned through an urgent televised broadcast of a tidal wave of the seemingly transmissible variant on its way.
He announced an enhanced Omicron Emergency Boost campaign, which sets an end of the year deadline for all adults aged over 18 to be offered a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This brings forward his previous timeline of January 2022 for this target in an effort to build a “wall of vaccine protection” against the new variant.