Great Britain Tightens Entry Rules Over Omicron
Great Britain tightened its corona entry rules. According to Premier Johnson, all those arriving in the future will have to take a PCR test and go into quarantine until they receive a negative result. There are two confirmed Omicron cases in the country.
Great Britain is tightening its entry rules for travellers from all over the world, given the newly discovered Corona variant Omicron. All arrivals must take a PCR test on day two after entry and go into quarantine until they receive a negative test result. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced.
“We now have to go further and impose a new test regime,” said Johnson. In the future, a mask requirement will apply again in shops and means of transport. The regulation also applies regardless of the vaccination status and will be reassessed after three weeks.
So far, fully vaccinated people from most countries only had to do a rapid test after entering the country but no longer had to go into quarantine.
According to several other countries, two cases of the Omicron variant were also found in Great Britain today. Health Minister Sajid Javid said two related cases had been discovered that were linked to a trip to southern Africa. The people concerned and their households are in quarantine, and the contact follow-up is ongoing.
Despite the worsening situation, the UK government is not yet implementing its emergency plan. This provides for vaccination certificates at major events and the recommendation to work from home. Apart from the stricter entry rules, Great Britain has widely abandoned any corona restrictions.
Belgium was the first country in Europe to report a confirmed infection with the new Omicron variant on Friday. On Saturday evening, Bavaria confirmed two cases of infection with the new variant, Italy confirmed one case.