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Britain’s Sajid Javid Defends Response to Omicron Variant

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British well being officers stated Sunday {that a} third case of the brand new Omicron coronavirus variant had been found within the nation, in a person who had frolicked in central London. The announcement got here simply hours after the well being secretary, Sajid Javid, rejected requires more durable restrictions on every day life.

The well being safety company stated the person had frolicked within the Westminster part of London, however was now not within the nation, and that contact tracing was being carried out. It stated the case was linked to journey in southern Africa.

Dr. Jenny Harries, chief govt of the company, stated it was “very possible’’ there can be extra instances within the coming days.

On Saturday, a day after the federal government realized of the primary two instances, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that masks can be necessary on public transportation and in retailers in England beginning on Tuesday. Tighter testing guidelines for vacationers arriving from overseas would additionally go into impact that day.

However the authorities has rejected the thought of ordering folks to do business from home the place attainable, introducing vaccine passports in England or requiring masks in eating places. “That is about taking proportionate motion towards the dangers we face,” Mr. Javid informed the BBC on Sunday, talking earlier than the third case was confirmed.

Britain started suspending flights from six southern African nations on Friday, however some vacationers had already arrived in London by the point the measure took impact.

Mr. Javid acknowledged that passengers touchdown on Friday weren’t examined on the airport and have been capable of go away as typical, together with by public transport. He stated that every one vacationers who had arrived from southern Africa throughout the previous 10 days have been being contacted and requested to take assessments.

“We couldn’t have acted extra swiftly,” he stated.

Against this, in Amsterdam, Dutch well being officers examined greater than 500 passengers who arrived on Friday on two flights from South Africa. Those that have been unfavorable have been allowed to go away the airport and quarantine at house, or to proceed their journeys.

Mr. Javid additionally urged Britons to rapidly get booster photographs and stated he anticipated recommendation “imminently” from scientific specialists on increasing the scope of the nation’s vaccine program, particularly with regard to boosters.

Such measures would, he added, assist to “defend the progress we now have made so we will proceed to look ahead to Christmas with household and mates.”

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