Britain’s Health Minister stated on Monday there’s now group transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus throughout areas of England however it’s too early to say if this may “knock us off our street to restoration”.
Defending the introduction of stricter guidelines to gradual the unfold of the virus, Sajid Javid advised parliament the federal government was “leaving nothing to probability” whereas scientists assessed the variant, which was first reported in South Africa final month.
Javid stated there at the moment are 261 Omicron instances in England, 71 in Scotland and 4 in Wales – a complete of 336.
“This consists of instances with no hyperlinks to worldwide journey, so we are able to conclude there’s now group transmission throughout a number of areas of England,” Javid stated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Monday no additional restrictions have been at present wanted to take care of the Omicron variant, however refused to rule out imposing such measures earlier than Christmas.
Britain has introduced all inbound travellers might want to take a pre-departure COVID-19 check whereas arrivals from Nigeria, South Africa and 9 different African nations should quarantine in resorts to gradual the unfold of the brand new variant.
The variety of resort rooms obtainable for worldwide quarantine will probably be doubled this week and the federal government is “ramping up this capability as shortly as attainable”, Javid stated.
Javid stated that at this stage the federal government can’t “say for sure” whether or not or not Omicron will escape COVID vaccines, or if it causes a extra extreme sickness.
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