A second case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant has been discovered in Buckinghamshire.

The Government confirmed that seven new cases of the variant have been discovered in England today (Thursday), one of which was found in Bucks.

The first known case in the county was identified yesterday.

The seven new confirmed cases mean there are now 29 known patients with the Omicron strain in England.

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All the indiviuals who have tested postive, along with their contacts, are isolating. Work is also underway to identify potential links to travel.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is carrying out targeted testing in the locations where positive cases are likely to be infectionus.

Where individuals are identified as being a possible case, their close contacts will be contacted and advised to isolate for 10 days and to take a test.

Everybody who is contacted or has symptoms should take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if they have received a positive COVID-19 PCR test within the last 90 days.

The known cases in England are in the following places:

Barnet: 2

Bexley: 1

Brentwood: 1

Buckinghamshire: 2

Camden: 2

Chiltern: 1

Haringey: 1

Lambeth: 1

Lancaster: 1

Lewisham: 2

Liverpool: 1

Newham: 1

North Norfolk: 1

Nottingham: 1

Oxfordshire: 1

South Cambridgeshire: 1

South Northamptonshire: 2

Spelthorne: 1

Sutton: 1

Three Rivers: 1

Wandsworth: 1

Westminster: 3

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said: “We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

“Vaccination is critical to help us bolster our defences against this new variant – please get your first, second, third or booster jab without delay.

“A booster dose for everyone over 18 years is now recommended and will be available at a minimum of 3 months from your last primary course jab. Please take up this offer as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your families and your communities.

“Please make sure to wear a mask in line with government guidance, including on public transport and in shops, to help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.

“It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing. That’s why it’s critical that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.”