Two cases of Omicron variant detected in UK
Two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in the UK, according to health secretary Savid Javid.
The cases, which are linked together, have been connected to travel to southern Africa, Javid added.
BREAKING: Two cases of Omicron Covid variant found in UK. Sajid Javid has said the Government is 'rolling out additional targeted testing in the affected areas - Nottingham and Chelmsford'. pic.twitter.com/VFFYJArQq8— GB News (@GBNEWS) November 27, 2021
"Late last night I was contacted by the UK Health Security Agency. I was informed that they have detected two cases of this new variant, Omicron, in the United Kingdom. One in Chelmsford, the other in Nottingham," Javid said on a broadcast.
The individuals in question have been told to self-isolate and will be tested again while additional tests are carried out.
As of the early hours of this morning, Britain added Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Angola to its “red list.
This means that individuals arriving from those countries will need to be quarantined in an approved hotel for 10 days, while non-residents will not be allowed to enter the country.
BREAKING—Uk 🇬🇧 now reports its first 2 cases of #OmicronVariant, with Africa travel connection. UK now adds Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola to its travel red list.—“If you have returned from there in the last 10 days you must isolate & get PCR tests”.https://t.co/Vn65WXzMOU pic.twitter.com/U6eNXlhHjL— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 27, 2021
Already featured on that list were: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The prime minister Boris Johnson and the chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance will hold a news conference today to outline the additional measures that will be taken to keep to new strain under control.
Boris Johnson is to hold a news conference at 8pm, where he will announce all the things Nicola Sturgeon announced today, and all the things Keir Starmer told him to announce days ago, and all the things the scientific community told him to announce weeks ago— Russ Jones (@RussInCheshire) January 4, 2021
Isn't he great?