New analyzes indicate that Omicron has a shorter incubation time. British authorities are now requiring a negative corona test before entering the country.
Travelers to the UK must take a negative corona test from Tuesday up to 48 hours before departure.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said Saturday evening that the tightening will come into effect on Tuesday and take effect regardless of the vaccination status.
Shorter incubation time
The new rules were introduced after new data on the mutation was written, which was first identified in South Africa last weekp Sky News.
– New analyzes by the UK’s Health and Security Agency indicate that omicrons have a shorter period between infection and infection than previous variants, according to British health authorities.
If the mutation has a lower incubation time, it is more likely to determine the infection NS article.
Therefore, it was decided on Saturday evening that travelers must take a corona test before entering the country.
– Due to the reduced incubation time, passengers are advised to take the test as soon as possible after departure.
stress for nigeria
Today’s rules dictate that visitors must go in self-isolation until they test negative within two days of arrival. At the same time, very strict rules are being introduced for those coming from Nigeria.
26 new cases of omicron were discovered in England. According to the Minister of Health, most of them can be linked to South Africa, but also Nigeria.
– In recent days, we have learned of a large number of cases related to travel from Nigeria, he says.
The government has come under pressure over the past week to tighten the rules further to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus variant. From Monday, only British and Irish citizens will be allowed to enter the UK from Nigeria. They should be isolated in the state-run quarantine hotel.
A total of 160 cases of omicron have been detected in the UK so far.
On Saturday, the British authorities recorded 42,848 new cases of corona and 127 deaths during the past 24 hours. The UK has recorded just over 460 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the NTB writes.
On Monday, it was announced that everyone over the age of 18 in the UK will receive a third dose of the vaccine. According to Sky News, more than a million Britons have booked an appointment to receive a booster dose of the Corona vaccine. More than 16.2 million new doses have been delivered to England since the NHS launched its booster program in September.
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