THE first case of Omicron on the Island has been confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency.

Simon Bryant, director of Public Health for the Isle of Wight, said: "Over the coming weeks it is likely that Omicron will become the dominant variant. 

"During this time it is important that everyone takes sensible precautions — take regular lateral flow tests, get a PCR test if you have symptoms, isolate when asked, wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, ventilate rooms, use the NHS COVID-19 app, get your vaccine and boosters as soon as you can.

“It is important to break the chain of transmission as quickly as possible. The quickest way of doing this is for individuals who test positive to self-isolate immediately.

“Even if you are feeling well, I would urge everyone to play their part to keep their community safe. If you are contacted, please follow the instructions on testing you are given as soon as possible."

Cllr Karl Love, cabinet member for Public Health, said: “If you or your family are travelling on or off the Island, please take a rapid response LFT before you travel to check your Covid status. If the result is positive, stay home and book a PCR test.

“It was inevitable this variant would migrate to our Island. While there is currently only one confirmed case, there will be others in the coming weeks. Get your vaccination and remember the basics — hands, face, space and fresh air. Everything we do helps to keep ourselves and our community safe.”

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