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Changes to National COVID-19 Guidelines

This week the World Health Organisation has classified the Omicron Variant of the virus as a "Variant of Concern" because of growing evidence that it spreads Covid-19 faster.

Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (who.int)

So far three cases have been identified in the UK, but it is likely that we will see more.

On Saturday 27th November, the Prime Minister set out the national response to the variant.

He talked about slowing down the number of cases of the variant coming into the Country and reducing the spread.  This is important because it means there will be time to understand what we are dealing with and to get more people vaccinated.

The main changes are:

Anyone entering the UK will be required to take a PCR test by the second day after their arrival and to self-isolate until they have a negative result

Contacts of those who test positive with suspected Omicron need to self-isolate for ten days regardless of vaccination status

Extension of the Red List Countries

From Monday 29th November compulsory Face Coverings return to Shops and Public Transport

We don't know everything about this variant and are monitoriting the situation as further evidence emerges. 

Have you been vaccinated?  Would you like to get vaccinated?  You can book Online now.

Additional Government Guidelines as of 09/12/2021

 

 

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