Downing Street have confirmed on Monday afternoon that they are monitoring the “situation very closely” after the emergence of two Omicron sub-variants have been detected.
The two new sub-variants are “likely the driving cause for the rise in cases” across the UK and hospitilisations are now starting to rise.
Between 13 and 19 June there has been a total of 87,147 new cases confirmed in England and 6,733 people were admitted to hospital.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said, “We are obviously seeing the emergence of two Omicron sub-variants, which is likely the driving cause for the rise in cases.”
“The latest data suggest that these are now the dominant strains in the UK.
“But, so far, vaccination means those rising cases haven’t translated into a rise of severe illness or death with no increase in ICU admissions.”
The spokesperson added, “The key thing for us is vaccination has meant the rise in cases is not translating into ICU admissions and deaths.
“But we’ve always been clear Covid hasn’t gone away, which is why we have always continued to urge people to come forward and receive vaccinations when they were due them.
“As you would expect, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continue to monitor the situation very closely.”