Omicron version: Two cases detected in the United Kingdom

UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday that two cases of the Omicron version of the coronavirus had been detected in the UK, adding that targeted testing would be carried out in areas where cases were reported in Chelmsford (east of London) and Nottingham (centre). were found. of the country).

These are linked cases and those concerned tend to self-isolate, the minister assured that health officials acted “quickly” and “search for contact cases is on”. “It brutally reminds us that we are not out of this pandemic yet,” said Javid, who called on the public to get booster doses of the vaccine. “We will not hesitate to take additional measures if necessary,” he added.

In order to monitor the development of the situation, the British government has decided to tighten entry conditions into the region especially for travelers from Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola from 4:00 GMT on Sunday. ,

So returnees from these four countries will be barred from entering the UK unless they are UK residents. “Those who have returned from these four countries in the last 10 days will have to self-isolate and undergo PCR tests,” a British government statement said.

This is in addition to six other countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana – already placed on the “red list” by the government from Friday.

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