On Saturday 27 November the Prime Minister confirmed new precautionary and temporary measures following the arrival of the Omicron variant in the UK.
NS super stress has been officially named a “worrying variant” by the WHO, as cases are now on the rise across Europe.
When will the new travel rules start?
Travel restrictions was done to slow the spread of the variant and protect our borders.
From 04:00am on Sunday 28/11, South Africa, Botswana, Lesostho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola have been added to the UK’s travel red list.
Anyone arriving from these destinations will need to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at a cost of £2,285.
More targeting measures will be introduced from next week as a precaution to slow the spread of the variant while experts gather more information.
- All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
- All people exposed to suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their immunization status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Face coverings will be made mandatory in stores and on public transport from Monday, November 29. All reception facilities will be exempt.
According to the Health Secretary, new advice from the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) is expected “imminent” on whether boosters should be extended to all people over 18 age, whether the waiting time before booster injection should be reduced and if second. Dosage should be given to children 12-15 years old based on the new variant.
Mr Javid told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “I have also asked the NHS to prepare for a much higher capacity in our vaccination programme”.
When do I need a PCR test to travel?
Anyone entering the UK from abroad will now be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
It is hoped that these measures will give scientists time to learn more about the Omicron variant.
But there are concerns that it will also affect the recovery of the aviation industry, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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