MailOnline can confirm that more than 50 direct flights to Britain from South Africa were made since the discovery of Covid, which MailOnline estimates has been around 50%.

On November 11, health officials in Botswana first noticed the Omicron strain. It spread quickly throughout the country and eventually made its way to Europe.

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, banned flights from South Africa and Namibia yesterday. There is growing concern about the spread of this strain which has been blamed for increasing international panic.

But between November 11 and November 26, there were 48 direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London Heathrow.

MailOnline found that during this time, there were 2 British Airways and 1 Virgin Atlantic flights per day. The Omicron detection could indicate that each flight carried 300 passengers. That would translate into 14,400 South Africa arrivals.

After two new cases were discovered in Brentwood and Nottingham, the Prime Minister will hold a Downing Street Press Conference at 5pm.

Following overnight genome sequencing, both the UK Health Security Agency and UK Health Security Agency have confirmed these cases. Individuals and families were placed in self-isolation, and testing for infectious diseases was carried out on targeted areas.

From Sunday, travel restrictions will apply to Angola and Mozambique as well as Zambia, Mozambique, Mozambique, Mozambique, Mozambique, Mozambique, Mozambique, Mozambiques, and Zambia.

Boris Johnson, chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance, and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty will all address the nation.

Javid declared that this was a reminder of the fact that this pandemic has not ended and urged everyone to get their vaccinations.

Between November 11 and November 26, there were 48 direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London Heathrow. During this period, there were two British Airways flights and one Virgin Atlantic flight per day. If each plane carried 300 passengers, that could mean there have been 14,400 arrivals from South Africa since Omicron was first detected

There were 48 direct flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg and London Heathrow from November 11 to November 26. Two British Airways flights were operating daily during that period. One Virgin Atlantic flight was also flying per day. A plane carrying 300 people could indicate that 14400 South Africans have arrived since Omicron first became known.

Cases of Omicron have already been picked up in the UK, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium. It is not yet known whether the variant arrived in the Netherlands yesterday but Dutch authorities are sequencing passengers' tests. There are also suspected individual cases being sequenced in Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia

Omicron cases were already found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. The variant may have arrived in the Netherlands on yesterday, but it’s not known. However, Dutch authorities are currently sequencing the passengers’ DNA. It is also possible that individual cases may be being sequenced by authorities in Australia, Germany, and Czech Republic.

Britain has successfully sequenced the Omicron variant of Omicron in Nottingham, and Chelmsford. This was confirmed by Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

The ¿monster¿ strain, named Omicron and designated a ¿variant of concern¿ by the World Health Organisation on Friday, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa

Omicron, the’monster’ strain of the virus, was named Friday by the World Health Organisation and has been designated as a variant of concern’ on Friday. It had been discovered in South Africa and reached Britain and Belgium.

South Africa recorded 2,828 new Covid cases yesterday, more than double the 1,374 recorded last Thursday, but infection levels have yet to skyrocket and no hospitalisations with the new variant have occurred so far. Graph shows: The seven-day average  for cases in the country

South Africa reported 2,828 Covid cases on Tuesday, which is more than twice the number of 1,374 that were recorded on Thursday. But infection levels are still high and the country has not seen any hospitalizations for the new Covid variant. Graph shows: The seven-day average  for cases in the country

Why did only 10% of South African passengers fly to Holland with Covid, despite all having NEGATIVE testing? Concern as Omicron cases are being reported in Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic. There have also been confirmed cases from Belgium and the UK. 

Today’s alarm was raised when one-tenth of South African passengers arrived in the Netherlands this morning and tested positive for Covid. A wave of cases believed to be of the super-mutant variant of Covid were also spotted throughout Europe.

Around 600 passengers arrived on two planes in Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, from Johannesburg — the epicentre for the new strain that experts fear is 40 per cent more vaccine evasive than Delta — hours after travel bans were put in place.

PCR testing revealed that 61 people onboard the planes were positive for the virus, despite their having previously tested negative.

The Netherlands requires that all persons returning from the EU must show proof of either negative PCR testing 48 hours prior to their return or negative lateral flow tests 24 hours prior to their return.

You must include the name and contact information (name, address, etc.) of the institution or doctor who performed the test.

Europe’s first case of the variant was spotted in Belgium yesterday — despite the unvaccinated woman who caught it having travelled to Turkey and Egypt, not souther Africa where the strain emerged.

The UK confirmed it had sequenced two cases today — in Nottingham and Brentford, Essex — which were both linked to travel in southern Africa.

Today, suspected cases were confirmed by Germany and the Czech Republic. Initial sequencing in Germany suggests that a South African traveler may have been carrying Omicron’s virus. Officials await full sequencing at a later date.

And Australian authorities — who also banned travel to nine countries in the region — fear the variant may have already entered the country.

According to the Health Secretary, “We were concerned since the first time we identified this variant,” he told reporters.

“It’s an extremely concerning variant, and we still need to find out more. However, the fact that there are now two cases of it in the United Kingdom means that we should take further steps. I have done this today.

Javid didn’t say whether additional restrictions might be placed in weeks prior to Christmas due to the existence of the new strain. The World Health Organisation has declared it a “variant of concern”.

He said, “We have made great progress. We all want that to be protected. If anyone is wondering what they can do, then I would suggest you get vaccinated.” Get vaccinated.

Essex County Council claimed that the case was within their boundaries and in Brentwood and NOT Chelmsford. The case is also linked to the Nottingham case, which involved international travel to South Africa.

According to Mr Javid, anyone traveling within the past 10 days to any of the countries on the red-list, which includes South Africa and Botswana as well as Lesotho and Eswatini and Zimbabwe, should self-isolate.

After Belgium’s Friday report, Omicron was confirmed in one case by Belgium on Friday.

The Netherlands is also under scrutiny, after Dutch officials said that 61 persons tested positive to Covid upon arriving in the Netherlands on Friday from South Africa. Additional tests are being done to see if anyone had the Omicron variant.

As countries tried to block access to large parts of south Africa, it was not clear when or how they got infected.

Prof Chris Whitty explained that they will work with the international community in an effort to gather as quickly and efficiently information regarding this variant, to identify any potential increase in transmission or resistance to vaccinations.

Ministers announced that non-UK residents and Irish citizens who were in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia in the past 10 days would be denied entry to England starting at 4 AM on Sunday.

If they are allowed to return, they will be required to remain in isolation for a period of 10 days at a Government approved facility.

Many pharmaceutical companies have stated that they are adapting their vaccines to Omicron’s emergence after Omicron was identified by the WHO. This is despite preliminary evidence suggesting Omicron has a higher risk of reinfection, and could spread faster than any other strain.

Following Professor Andrew Pollard’s creation of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccin, which was a result of his optimism about the effectiveness and safety of existing vaccines against the Omicron variant, detection of the cases occurred.

It is also highly unlikely that it will lead to a “reboot” of the pandemic here in Britain, although he expressed tentative hope the existing jabs would still provide some protection.

Prof. Sir Andrew also heads the Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

According to him, most mutations found in Omicron occur in the same regions as in other variants. He also said that vaccines continue to protect against serious diseases, despite the existence of mutations in Omicron.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data estimated around 862,300 people caught the virus on any given day in the week up to November 20, up 4.5 per cent on the 824,900 the week before

Data from Office for National Statistics (ONS), estimated that around 862 300 people contracted the virus in any day of the week through November 20, up 4.5% on the 824.900 week prior

Symptomatic Covid cases rose by nearly a fifth last week with more than 76,000 Britons falling ill each day, according to the ZOE symptom-tracking study

According to ZOE, the number of symptomatic covid cases increased by almost a fifth in last week. There were more than 76,000 Britons becoming ill each and every day according to their symptom tracking study.

“At the very least, we can be optimistic that this vaccine will still protect against serious diseases. But we must wait for confirmation.

“It’s highly unlikely that there would be another pandemic among vaccinated people like what happened last year.”

Calum Sele, who is part the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and provides advice to the Government, expressed some optimism saying “it’sn’t causing more deaths”.

“The issue this could present is that it might evade some vaccines but not the boosters and the two proper doses,” he said to BBC Breakfast.

However, some experts are more worried and ministers face calls to take further steps to keep a new variant of Delta from reaching Britain.

Sage member Professor John Edmunds also warned against this and suggested that it might create a very, very, very challenging situation. BBC Radio 4’s PM broadcast said: “Our fears are that it would do so in a large degree.”

According to the WHO, experts have found evidence that Omicron may be at higher risk for reinfection. Omicron’s rapid spread across South Africa is a sign of a ‘growth benefit’.