Omicron Variant: The UK government has said that it will be mandatory to apply masks in shops and public transport in the country from Tuesday. This step has been taken under strict restrictions after two cases of Omicron form of Kovid-19 were reported in the country. Health Minister Sajid Javed said that mandatory PCR testing for all foreign visitors to the UK will also be implemented as soon as possible. The minister emphasized that he hopes the all-new measures will give scientists more time to analyze the infectivity and vaccine-resistance levels of the Omicron form.
In reference to the strict restrictions announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday evening, Javed said, “We announced these measures yesterday to protect the progress we have made so that we can all celebrate Christmas with our families.” May you continue to enjoy.” “This is to protect the progress we’ve made, but it’s important to combat it in a proportionate and temporary way, I hope this is something we can pull off within a few weeks,” he said.
Fear of imposition of lockdown among people
In other parts of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, wearing masks is already mandatory on public transport and in many places. The opposition Labor Party has expressed concern that the new rules are not enough to implement the government’s so-called Plan-B. At the same time, the new steps have raised the possibility of imposing a lockdown during Christmas this time too, but both the Prime Minister and the Health Minister have tried to ignore those concerns. Both have emphasized that celebrations in 2021 will be better than 2020. Health Minister Sajid Javed said, “People should continue with their plans for Christmas as normal, I think we will celebrate Christmas festival with full enthusiasm.”
Cases of new variants came to the fore in many countries.
The Omicron form of COVID-19 is expected to spread rapidly and partially reduce the safety of the vaccine. This pattern was detected earlier this week in South Africa. It has been cited as a cause of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). Cases have been reported in Belgium, Israel, Hong Kong and Europe. Also, two cases have been reported in Britain.
Announcement of plans to promote booster campaign
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday plans to boost the booster campaign, saying: “It is more important than ever that people take their doses and that we get the boosters done as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, Britain has now banned air travel from 10 countries – Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Apart from this, anyone who enters the UK from abroad will now need to undergo a PCR test and remain in self-isolation until the report comes negative.
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