Second case of Omicron in Suffolk confirmed - but real number likely 'much higher'

An advert thanking the NHS in a bus shelter in Tacket Street. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A second case of the Omicron strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in Suffolk. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A second case of the Omicron variant has been discovered in Suffolk, the county's director of public health has confirmed.

Stuart Keeble, director of Public Health Suffolk, said there are now around 31 suspected cases of the strain in the county.

He said: "I understand there is a lot of worry and uncertainty about Covid at the moment - I fully appreciate the concern. In Suffolk, we currently have two confirmed cases, with 31 suspected, but, in truth, this number will be much higher.

"The measures introduced last night by the Prime Minister are designed to buy us more time so that we fully understand its impact and boost people's immunity. Early thinking is that the booster vaccination is key part in protecting ourselves and others from this new strain."

It comes as the prime minister announced the government's Covid Plan B would be put in place to slow the spread of the variant.