The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced this Saturday a new battery of restrictions for England such as the mandatory use of a mask in shops and public transport after confirming two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in British territory.
Johnson has also announced that anyone who has been in close contact with any positive for the new variant will have to comply with quarantine, whether they have been vaccinated or not, since omicron can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
The new variant has been confirmed in two cases in Nottingham and in Brentwood, Essex, so action will be taken “Provisional and precautionary” which will be reviewed within three weeks and the vaccination campaign will be “stepped up”.
In addition, the requirement of a PCR test is reimposed for all passengers entering the country: «Anyone entering the UK he will have to undergo a PCR test at the end of the second day after his arrival and will have to be isolated until he has a negative result.
In any event, Johnson has expressed his “confidence” in which the holidays “are considerably better than last Christmas.” “We continue to be in a strong position largely thanks to the speed of vaccination and I think I will stick to the formula that I have used before and I am confident that this Christmas will be considerably better than the last,” he said.
We have been made aware by @UKHSA of two UK cases of the Omicron variant. The two cases are linked and there is a connection with travel to southern Africa.
These individuals are self-isolating with their households while further testing and contact tracing is underway.