British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that all travelers to the United Kingdom would have to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 on the second day after arrival and that the rules on wearing masks at home would be tightened after two cases were identified in the country. . The country of a heavily mutated coronavirus variant that originated in South Africa.
Johnson said all travelers entering the UK would have to self-isolate until a negative coronavirus test result was received live stream Downing Street press conference.
Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant linked to travel in southern Africa were identified in the UK on Saturday.
Close contacts of those who test positive for Omicron will have to undergo a 10-day self-isolation period, regardless of vaccination status.
johnson also said Face coverings will be required in shops and on public transport, with details to be announced by Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
He said that people who are fully vaccinated could spread the new version, and without going into details he said he would. encouragement country’s vaccination program.
Emphasizing the importance of the booster shot, he said: “No matter the incidence of this new variant, if you have been vaccinated and especially if you have had a booster, your immune response is likely to be stronger.”
Johnson said the UK would review the new requirements over the next three weeks.