As it happened: Omicron likely spreading in the UK as all adults to be offered booster jab

29 November 2021, 10:52 | Updated: 30 November 2021, 08:06

  • 11 cases of Omicron found in UK so far
  • A booster vaccine will be offered to all adults
  • People aged 12-15 will be offered a third dose, with a three month gap from their first
  • People urged to work from home in Scotland, says Nicola Sturgeon
  • Testing is under way at a primary school in Essex, which is thought to be linked to the Omicron variant
  • The health secretary's convening an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers, before giving a statement to the Commons
  • Labour wants to see masks in hospitality settings, and better sick pay
  • Japan bans foreign visitors

By Sophie Barnett

A total of 11 cases of the Covid-19 variant have been confirmed in the UK - take a look back over all of Monday's developments here.

The Scottish government confirmed on Monday that six cases of Omicron had been detected, as health secretary Sajid Javid is expected to make an announcement on expanding the booster programme.

Meanwhile, Mr Javid announced five cases have been confirmed in England, taking the UK total to 11.

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says those involved in Scotland hadn't been travelling.

The strain was first identified in South Africa but has been found around the world in the five days since its discovery on Wednesday.

Now, it has been announced that all adults should be offered a third Covid vaccine dose to build up protection, and all youngsters aged 12-15 should be offered a follow-up dose three months after their first one.

Scroll through the day's developments in our blog below.

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