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Covid: Prime Minister to hold press conference at 5 pm after Omicron variant found in Nottingham

The Prime Minister will be joined by Sir Patrick Vallance and Sir Chris Witty.

Earlier today it was confirmed that two cases have been identified in the UK – one in Chelmsford and one in Nottingham.

The Department of Health says testing is being carried out at locations where the positive cases were likely to have been infectious.

“Confirmed cases and contacts are being followed up and requested to isolate and get tested as necessary,” it said.

The health secretary said the UK vaccine rollout programme was now “even more important”.

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“We know there’s this new variant out there. We don’t know enough about it yet but from what we do know, the protections that we have – especially the vaccines – are hugely important,” he said.

Asked about potential changes in Covid restrictions, Mr Javid said: “We will do whatever is necessary to protect the progress we have made as a country. We’ve come a long way since the summer and we keep all of this under review and if we need to take further action, we will.”

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