In full: Boris Johnson announces new restrictions on travel and face masks to slow omicron variant

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Published on 27 Nov 2021, 17:42
Downing Street held a press conference after the first UK cases of the omicron Covid variant were confirmed on Saturday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new travel and face mask rules in response to two cases of the omicron variant being identified in the UK.

Mr Johnson said that, from Monday, people must wear masks in shops and on public transport, and further information on this would be coming in the next couple of days. There are no changes to the hospitality sector.

Anyone who enters the UK must now take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self isolate until they have a negative result.

All contacts of those who test positive with a suspected omicron case to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status.

There will be a fresh push for people to get their booster jabs.

The omicron cases have been found in Nottingham and Brentwood, Essex, and are believed to have been contracted in southern Africa. Cases have also been identified in Israel and Belgium.

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