There have now been 42 Omicron cases in the UK with another 10 detected

People have been urged to get their vaccine to protect against a new wave of illness (Picture: Getty)

Another ten cases of the Omicron variant have been found in the UK today, bringing the total to 42.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that seven of the cases were found in England while the other three were in Scotland.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in England to 29 and the total in Scotland to 13.

In England, cases have been identified in the East Midlands, East of England, London, South East and North West.

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.

Shoppers walk along Oxford Street in central London today as compulsory mask wearing in shops and on public transport has been reintroduced in England (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

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