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Kids in Year 7 and above told to wear face masks at school to stop spread of mutant Omicron Covid variant

KIDS in Year 7 and above have been told to wear face masks at school to stop the spread of the mutant Omicron Covid variant.

The Department for Education announced that children should wear face coverings in communal areas of schools and colleges in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

The new rules come after a third case of the Omicron Covid variant was identified in the UK.

The person tested positive after travelling to Britain from southern Africa where the variant originated.

The individual is no longer in the UK, but the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is carrying out urgent testing in areas they visited when they were likely to have been infectious.

This includes Westminster in central London, officials said.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA chief executive, has since warned it is "very likely" further infections will be recorded next week.

She said: "Our advanced sequencing capabilities enable us to find variants and take rapid action to limit onward spread.

"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 focussed contact tracing.

"We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

"It's critical that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately."

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