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UK takes new measures to slow Omicron coronavirus variant

CoronavirusNov 28, 2021 00:00
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© Reuters. Shoppers, some wearing masks, walk along Oxford Street amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

By Costas Pitas

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain announced new measures on Saturday to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant and a top health official said there was a "reasonable chance" that vaccines could be less effective against it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said arrivals from all countries would have to self-isolate until receiving a negative result from a PCR test, that face masks must be worn in retail settings and it was time to step up booster jabs.

"We need to buy time for our scientists to understand exactly what we are dealing with," he told a news conference.

Johnson said those who had come into contact with people testing positive for a suspected case of Omicron would have to self-isolate for 10 days and that face masks must be worn in shops and on public transport but not restaurants and pubs in England.

England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the same news conference there was a reasonable chance that the newly identified variant could be less easy to tackle with vaccines.

"There is a reasonable chance that at least there will be some degree of vaccine escape with this variant," he said.

Health minister Sajid Javid confirmed earlier on Saturday the first two cases of the new variant in Britain, saying they were linked to each other and connected to travel to southern Africa.

The two individuals and all members of their households were being re-tested and told to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing was done.

England will also add Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola to its travel "red list" from 0400 GMT on Sunday, meaning British and Irish residents who arrive in the country must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days. Non-residents will be refused entry.

That list already contained Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

UK takes new measures to slow Omicron coronavirus variant
 

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Sumit Khare
Sumit Khare Nov 28, 2021 13:54
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Omicron is Thanos
Alex Malmström
Alex Malmström Nov 28, 2021 10:13
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Omicron sounds more like a new cryptocurrency lol!
Robbie Taylor
Robbie Taylor Nov 28, 2021 8:17
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I am sure people will self as well, I don't think so.
James Doe
James Doe Nov 27, 2021 17:27
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great, the government react without any hesitate
Daniel LANSADE
Daniel LANSADE Nov 27, 2021 17:27
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At last !!
Jayendra Gohil
Jayendra Gohil Nov 27, 2021 16:32
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delta is dangerous new virus is just cheep Chinese products
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James Doe Nov 27, 2021 16:32
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no one pursuit for the truth of Corona virus🦠😷, except Australia. shame you 🇺🇸, EU, Canada🇨🇦, 🇯🇵, India🇮🇳...
Daniel LANSADE
Daniel LANSADE Nov 27, 2021 16:32
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Nonsense
Len Smith
Len Smith Nov 27, 2021 16:27
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Crude oil is going back below $50
Farras Mutawakkil
Farras Mutawakkil Nov 27, 2021 15:31
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sell gbp?
Richard Beugnies
Richard Beugnies Nov 27, 2021 15:07
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Prepare for cyber Monday on the stock market. As Warren Buffett once said that it is wise for investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”
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yes, only when you still have cash left. btw it will take a few weeks for Biotech to find out IF their vaccine can protect us against omicron
 
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