Six Omicron variant cases in Brackley area


Investigations are underway to find out if community transmission has occurred

Six cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been confirmed in the Brackley area.  The individuals involved are now self-isolating.

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health Northamptonshire said: “Targeted testing is taking place to ensure all close contacts are identified. The aim is to understand whether any spread of the new variant within the local community may have occurred and limit the opportunity for any further infection.

“While investigations are underway it’s even more important that all Northamptonshire residents follow COVID-safe behaviours to reduce the risk of infection.”

On Friday one confirmed case of the Omicron variant was found in West Oxfordshire, with two further potential cases in Oxford.  

Lucy Wightman added: “If meeting inside now its colder open windows as COVID-19 transmits mostly between people at close range through inhalation.

“Continue to take LFD tests at least twice a week, especially before going out or meeting with others.

“It’s also important to stay at home if you’re not feeling well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, do get a free PCR test

“Wearing a face covering in all crowded areas is advisable and is now mandatory in shops and on public transport.

“Regular and thorough hand washing or hand sanitisation remains an essential part of good hygiene and prevents the spread of many viruses. As well as COVID-19 handwashing can also reduce the spread of colds, flu and stomach bugs.

“And finally vaccination provides powerful protection against severe illness with COVID-19 so getting the jab is still the most important thing you can do to protect yourself.”

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