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UK mandates all travelers to take PCR test following the discovery of Omricon variant of Coronavirus

 UK mandates all travelers to take PCR test following the discovery of Omricon variant of Coronavirus

The United Kingdom has introduced a new rule as part of measures to contain the spread of the new variant of Coronavirus, Omicron, said to be a highly infectious variant.

 

Two cases of the new variant have been recorded in the UK.

 

According to a new directive by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, all travellers to the UK will have to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test by the end of the second day of their arrival.

 

He said travelers must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

 

“All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Face coverings will become compulsory on public transport and in shops – not including hospitality.

The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) will consider giving boosters to a wider age group, as well as reducing the gap between the second dose and booster.” the new rule states

The World Health Organisation (WHO) described Omicron as a “variant of concern”, calling on global leaders to take action to contain its spread.

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