UK tightens travel testing rules amid omicron concerns

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UK government tightens travel restrictions amid concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus disease

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new rules would come into effect from 4 am London time on Tuesday.

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“In light of the most recent data, we are taking further action to slow the infiltration of the Omicron variant,” he said in a tweet.

Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said the new measures would be a “major deterrent” to travel, just as airports and the travel industry were expecting a small uptick in the festive season.

“This is a devastating blow to aviation and tourism,” she said.

Authorities recorded another 42,848 confirmed coronavirus cases in Britain as of Saturday, with 127 more deaths. With more than 145,000 COVID-19 deaths in the pandemic, the UK has the second death toll from the virus in Europe after Russia.

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