A case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Liverpool.
Public Health Liverpool is working with the UK Health Security Agency to identify contacts of the individual, who is self-isolating.
Contact tracing is underway and all contacts will be followed up and requested to isolate and get tested as necessary, regardless of their vaccine status.
Director of Public Heath Liverpool, Matthew Ashton, said: “Omicron is a new variant and we have more work to do to understand how easily this can be transmitted, and how well vaccines work to protect against it.
“In the meantime, it is important that we all play our part to slow its spread and prevent transmission by keeping Covid-safe.
“Vaccination is crucial – please get your first, second and your booster jab without delay.
“Please wear a face covering in all enclosed spaces, including on public transport, shops and crowded places. If you have symptoms, isolate immediately and get a PCR test.
“We also advise taking a lateral flow test before socialising, and ideally test twice a week especially if going into workplaces or shopping.
“It is safer to meet outdoors, and open a window to let in fresh air if you meet indoors.”
The case is one of 13 to be confirmed so far in England, with a further nine in Scotland.