Omicron cases in the UK have increased by 50% in the last 24 hours as people rush to get booster shots.

In the last 24 hours, the number of OMICRON cases in the UK has increased by 1,576, bringing the total to 4,713.

Infections have increased by 50% in a single day, with the mutant variant now accounting for 20% of all Covid cases.

"The UK Health Security Agency estimates that the current rate of, the current number of daily infections are around 200,000," Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs.

"While Omicron accounts for over 20% of cases in England, it has already risen to over 44% in London, and we expect it to overtake Covid 19 as the dominant variant in the capital within the next 48 hours."

It comes as a result of the NHS website opening up booster slots for over-30s this morning.

People rushed to book appointments to be fully protected against the variant, after new data revealed that three vaccinations are required to combat the infection.

There are 1,534 new cases reported today in England, 27 in Scotland, and 15 in Wales.

Within 24 hours, the total number of Covid cases had increased by 54,661, with 38 new deaths.

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Boris Johnson confirmed the first death in the UK from the Omicron variant this morning.

The UKHSA discovered ten patients with the mutated strain in English hospitals, aged 18 to 85, with the majority having received two vaccinations.

To combat the wave of variant cases, Brits have been urged to get their boosters.

"Sadly yes, Omicron is producing hospitalizations, and sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron," the Prime Minister said during a visit to a vaccination clinic near Paddington in west London.

"So I think the idea that this is a milder version of the virus is something we need to put to the side and just acknowledge the rate at which it spreads through the population."

"The best thing we can do is all get our boosters," says the narrator.

According to new data from Sage, a government advisory group, two Covid vaccines can reduce the risk of dying from Omicron by up to 84 percent.

However, the models also showed that if you have a booster, your chances of simply catching the virus and becoming ill are cut in half.

According to the most recent research, boosters can protect you from Omicron infection by up to 75%.

According to UKHSA figures, immunity from two AstraZeneca doses was close to zero after six months, but protection from the super-strain rocket was as high as 70% with a third dose from Pfizer.

Even with full protection, it's still recommended to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and keep windows open for ventilation as cases rise and we approach Christmas.

The Sun's Jab's Army has urged British citizens to come forward and have their life-saving Covid shot, with volunteers needed to help with the rollout.

It comes as the NHS website for booking boosters crashed as thousands of Britons flocked to the site in the hopes of securing a spot, and the lateral flow ordering site announced that it was out of stock for the day.

After long snakes of people grew outside hubs all over the country, walk-in centers such as the Greendale Vaccination Centre in Devon said they couldn't accept any more people due to high demand.

Despite being highly contagious, preliminary research suggests that if fully vaccinated, the new strain does not often cause serious disease like the Delta variant.

Professor Tim Spector of King's College London looked into UK Omicron super-spreader events involving older people and discovered that the patients mostly got "sniffles."

"What we've seen so far is that symptoms are very, very mild," he said.

"The majority of my information comes from a single large event, a 60th birthday celebration in which 18 people aged 60 to 75 spent the night in a hotel together."

"The majority of them had cold symptoms, such as sniffles, sore throat, and fatigue."

Even with full protection, it's still recommended to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and keep windows open for ventilation as cases rise and we approach Christmas.

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