UK introduces temporary measures for Omicron variants

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will implement several measures in response to a newly discovered case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country.

Measures to be introduced next week include:

  • All international arrivals 2nd day PCR test Quarantine until you get a negative result.
  • All contacts in suspected cases of Omicron should be self-quarantined, regardless of vaccination status. The NHS Test and Trace will contact you.
  • From next week, face covers will be required at shops and public transportation. All hospitality settings are exempt.

These measures are prophylactic and will be reviewed within 3 weeks. Johnson It was announced at a press conference at 10 Downing Street on Saturday.

Chris Witty, England’s chief medical officer, said in the same press conference as Johnson that there is still a lot of uncertainty around Omicron, but “at least there could be some vaccine avoidance in this variant. I have enough sex. “

Another variant of the CCP virus, Omicron, was first reported in South Africa on Wednesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) said there were “many mutations”, some of which were of concern.

“Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant compared to other VOCs (mutants of concern),” WHO said. statement..

The discovery of variants is a wave of global concerns, travel bans or restraints, and Friday’s financial markets, as investors worried that Omicron could delay a global recovery from a nearly two-year pandemic. Caused a sold out.

Johnson’s presentation was made after cases of the Omicron variant were discovered in several European countries.

The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy detected new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health of Bavaria, Germany, has published two confirmed cases of this variant. The ministry said the two entered Germany at Munich Airport on November 24 and are now isolated before Germany designated South Africa as a virus-mutant area, without explicitly stating that people had traveled from South Africa. It was shown to.

The Italian National Institutes of Health said a new subspecies case was detected in Milan, a person from Mozambique.

Czech health officials also said they were investigating suspected variants of people who spent time in Namibia.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Allen John


Allen Zhong is a longtime writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is American politics.