‘A third of infections in London are Omicron’
Mr Zahawi fears an explosion of cases that could see millions affected.
Speaking to Trevor Phillips on Sky, he said: “What we know, hence the concern, is that a third of infections in London are Omicron.
“Reported tests are indicating about 1,600 cases, but the number of infections in the community will be multiple that – up to 10 times.
“It’s highly infectious, with a doubling rate between two and three days.
“Very quickly Omicron will be the dominant variant in the UK and probably the rest of the world.
“We’ve seen this movie before with the Kent and Delta variants.
“There are cases in hospital with Omicron.”