Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two circumstances of the brand new Omicron pressure of COVID-19, each linked to journey from southern Africa, and expanded journey restrictions on the area.
“After in a single day genome sequencing, the UK Well being Safety Company has confirmed that two circumstances of COVID-19 with mutations in step with B.1.1.529 (Omicron) have been recognized within the UK,” a authorities assertion mentioned.
“The 2 circumstances are linked and there’s a hyperlink to journey to southern Africa,” it mentioned.
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One case was detected within the central English metropolis of Nottingham, and the opposite in Chelmsford east of London, officers mentioned.
“We’ve moved quickly and the people are self-isolating whereas contact tracing is ongoing,” Well being Secretary Sajid Javid mentioned.
He added that the federal government was putting one other 4 African nations on its journey “crimson checklist” — Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola — efficient from 4:00 am (0400 GMT) on Sunday.
Britain has already mentioned it’s banning journey from six southern African nations due to the emergence of Omicron: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The federal government was broadly criticized for its journey and quarantine coverage earlier within the pandemic, when it saved borders open to overseas vacationers whilst an infection charges spiraled.
“This can be a stark reminder that we aren’t but out of this pandemic,” Javid mentioned, urging the general public to get follow-up booster jabs of vaccines. “We won’t hesitate to take additional motion if required.”
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