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Masks recommended in English schools from Monday – .


A further escalation of measures to tackle the spread of the worrisome new strain of coronavirus was announced when staff and students in grades 7 and above were “strongly advised” to cover their faces in common areas outside classrooms from Monday.

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Close contacts of positive Omicron cases have been ordered to isolate for 10 days even if they had been vaccinated, amid concerns that the variant first detected in South Africa could spread rapidly and partially escape the virus. existing jabs.
A third case of the ‘worrying variant’ was detected by the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on Sunday, this time from a person who traveled to Westminster in London before leaving the country. The first two have been identified in Nottingham and Essex.
Despite the reintroduction of rules, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told families they should plan a big Christmas “as usual” and insisted it was “far from” time to reintroduce social distancing rules and work from home advice.
UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harries admitted it was “very likely” that more cases of Omicron would be discovered in the coming days.
Labor called for strengthened border measures.
A new testing regime is being introduced as part of emergency measures announced over the weekend to slow the spread of the new Omicron variant after it is detected by government scientists.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has recommended that staff, visitors and students in grades 7 and up wear masks in common areas of schools, colleges and universities such as hallways, canteens and halls. England from Monday.
While the reintroduction of masks to England in stores will bring the nation closer to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, they are not required in pubs and restaurants.
Mr Javid said it ‘would be irresponsible to make any guarantees’ during the ever-evolving pandemic, but told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday:’ I think people should continue with their plans as usual for Christmas. , I think it’s going to be a great Christmas. ‘
With the government not presenting its plan B to fight Covid-19 this winter, Mr Javid downplayed any need to reintroduce social distancing rules or advice on working from home.
“We now know that these types of measures come at a very high price, both economically and socially, in terms of non-Covid-related health outcomes, such as the impact on mental health,” he said. to Sky.
“So if we were to make such decisions, they would have to be taken very, very carefully and we’re not there yet, we’re a long way from that. “
Mr Javid said he expected to receive further advice ‘imminently’, in the coming days, from the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) after being tasked to consider whether the boosters should be extended to all people over 18 years old.
The group will also consider whether second doses should be offered to 12 to 15 year olds and whether the wait time before a vaccine booster could be reduced.
JCVI vice-chairman Professor Anthony Harnden told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House that extending the age range of boosters and reducing the time to receive them was “a wise strategy”, and said at least 40-year-old to expect a third jab to be offered to them. “Sooner than we had envisioned before”.
Passengers arriving in the UK from 4 a.m. on Tuesday will be required to take a PCR test before the end of their second day from entry and self-isolate until they test negative, while that 10 southern African countries have been added to the red list.
Mr Javid admitted that passengers coming from southern Africa before 10 countries were added to the red list had not been tested upon landing and could have taken public transport home.
“I think the speed at which we acted could not have been faster,” he told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC, adding that those arrivals had been contacted and asked to take tests.
As officials tried to trace potential contacts from the Omicron case in Essex, the local authority urged visitors to a KFC in Brentwood on November 19 to take drive-thru tests, raising questions about the weather elapsed since the variant arrived in the UK.
The Essex individual has reportedly been in contact with the Nottingham case, which is believed to be linked to a trip to southern Africa, but officials have declined to say when that trip took place.
Yvette Cooper, the Labor MP who chairs the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, urged the government to immediately reinstate pre-travel testing as the new approach “leaves far too many gaps” as potentially infected passengers can re-enter at home by public transport.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced the bulk of the “temporary and precautionary” measures, pledging to review them in three weeks.
Mr Javid told Times Radio that the new regulations are expected to be tabled in parliament on Monday, with MPs due to vote within 28 days and after they come into force.
A number of backbench Tories could stage a rebellion, but Labor is unlikely to oppose the restrictions, virtually guaranteeing they will pass.
Britain will convene an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers on Monday to discuss Omicron.

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