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World International travelers to England must self-isolate until they test negative for COVID-19 after 2 cases of Omicron variant identified

23:35  27 november  2021
23:35  27 november  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Andrew Parsons / No 10 © Provided by Business Insider Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Andrew Parsons / No 10
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter travel restrictions in response to the new COVID-19 variant.
  • Two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the United Kingdom.
  • The Omicron variant carries a concerning number of mutations that could make it more transmissible.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday new restrictions for international travelers coming to England. They come after the United Kingdom identified two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

International travelers must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result, ABC News reported. Face masks will also be required on public transportation and in stores.

Omicron Variant: Germany, Czech Republic Report Suspected Cases After U.K. Confirmation

  Omicron Variant: Germany, Czech Republic Report Suspected Cases After U.K. Confirmation Several countries, including the U.S., Japan and Israel, have announced travel restrictions to avoid the mass spread of the latest COVID variant.Germany's Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration said Saturday that an individual who traveled to Germany from South Africa is suspected to be infected with the Omicron variant.

Johnson said the UK government planned to take "targeted and proportionate" measures against the variant ahead of a "challenging winter," iNews reported.

Regardless of a person's vaccination status, any individual who is suspected of being exposed to the Omicron variant must self-isolate for 10 days, the outlet added.

The administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are expected to enact similar travel restrictions, according to iNews.


Video: Two Omicron variant cases detected in Britain (Reuters)

Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant were identified in the UK, the nation's secretary of state for health and social care announced via Twitter on Saturday, as Insider's Connor Perrett reported.

UK set to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

  UK set to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears LONDON (AP) — The independent body advising the British government on the rollout of coronavirus vaccines will likely decide Monday whether to expand the booster program to younger age groups following the discovery of the new omicron variant. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, or JCVI, has been asked by the British government to consider the merits of expanding the booster program to millions more people under the age of 40 and cutting the time period to a third jab.

"The two cases are linked and there is a connection with travel to southern Africa," UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said in a tweet. "These individuals are self-isolating with their households while further testing and contact tracing is underway."

On Friday, the country established a temporary flight ban for travelers coming from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

Omicron contains several worrisome mutations found in other variants of concern — including Delta and Alpha — that could help it spread, render vaccines less effective, or lead to more severe disease, public-health experts have said, as Insider's Aria Bendix reported.

Still, officials at the WHO, which named the variant one of "concern" on Friday, stressed that little is known about the new variant.

"This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning," the WHO said Friday. "Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other" variants of concern.

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The new omicron coronavirus variant has been found in 12 U.S. states just three days days after the first case in the country was announced. The new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, was announced in late November and has already spread to dozens of countries across the world. One day after Thanksgiving, the Wold Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on the variant, which it has determined is a "variant ofThe new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, was announced in late November and has already spread to dozens of countries across the world.

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