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