In England, further measures are being taken to contain the spread of the new variant of Omicron coronavirus, including the reintroduction of mandatory face coverings in certain environments.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said the discovery of the variant of Omicron was “A serious development in the ongoing pandemic”.
Two cases of the new variant, also known as B.1.1.529, were identified today in Essex and Nottingham, targeted testing and contact tracing are now ongoing. A rapid increase in infections in South Africa is attributed to the spread of this new variant of COVID-19.
During a press conference tonight, Prime Minister Johnson announced additional measures, including mandatory facial covering in shops and public transport.
In England, the legal requirement to wear face covering was removed in July, except in health care facilities and nursing homes unless exempted.
In Wales, face covering continues to play a key role in people’s safety and it is a legal requirement that people over the age of 11 wear face-covering in indoor public areas such as supermarkets and public transport but not in restaurants.
In addition to the reintroduction of mandatory face-covering in shops and public transport in England, all international arrivals must have a day 2- PCR test you Follow up and isolate yourself until you get a negative result.
All contact persons for suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status. You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Mark Drakeford said tonight, “I urge everyone in Wales to continue to work together to protect one another.”
“Please get your vaccine or booster when you offer it, wear a mask if necessary and book a test if you have symptoms. “
He said across the UK,” We have been quick to respond to the new Omicron variant. “
“But we have repeatedly raised concerns that international travel rules are being relaxed too quickly due to the risk of new variants being introduced in the UK.”
“Wales is adopting the same international travel policies as the rest of the UK. “
” Cabinet will continue to meet tonight and tomorrow to watch the evolving situation and decide whether further action is needed to protect people’s health. “
The Omicron variant includes one Variety of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome.
The UK government has said that international “urgent work” is on to fully understand how these mutations make the virus behave in relation to vaccines , Treatments and portability.
International efforts are currently being made to collect as much data and information as possible about this new variant. More detailed information is expected in the next three weeks.
It is thanks to the extensive monitoring system and the transparency of South Africa that Great Britain was able to warn of this new variant in good time and to start collecting data.
November, at 4:00 a.m. South Africa, Botswana, Lesostho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola will be added to the UK’s red travel list.
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