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To date, Britain has recorded a total of 336 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Expert says that the new variant is "spreading rather more quickly than the Delta variant."

LONDON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A further 90 cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 336, British health authorities confirmed Monday.

These include 64 new cases in England, 23 in Scotland and three in Wales.

Paul Hunter, an expert in infectious diseases from the University of East Anglia, told the BBC the Omicron variant could start "outcompeting" the dominant Delta variant within weeks.

He said the new variant is "spreading rather more quickly than the Delta variant," while authorities in South Africa, where the mutation was first detected, have talked of a "rapid" increase in cases.

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Britain registered 51,459 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 10,515,239, according to the latest official figures.

The country also reported a further 41 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the national death toll to 145,646. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

Nearly 89 percent of people aged 12 and over in Britain have had their first vaccine dose and around 81 percent have received both doses, according to the latest figures. Meanwhile, over 35 percent have received the booster jab, or the third dose.

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