UK reports 10,000 jump in Omicron cases, deaths rise to 7
People queue for COVID-19 jab in the UK. /Xinhua

People queue for COVID-19 jab in the UK. /Xinhua

Cases in the United Kingdom of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus jumped sharply to almost 25,000 while the total number of reported deaths among people with it so far rose to seven, according to British health authorities.

Confirmed Omicron-variant COVID-19 cases hit 24,968 as of 1800 GMT on December 17, up by just over 10,000 cases from 24 hours earlier, the UK Health Security Agency said on Saturday.

Deaths of people who had the Omicron strain rose to seven as of December 16, up from one in the UKHSA's previous data which ran up to December 14, and hospitalizations increased to 85 from 65.

(With input from agencies)

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