Boris Johnson made the comment as he updated his team of ministers on the latest COVID-19[feminine[feminine situation during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
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“The Prime Minister said it was too early to draw any conclusions about the characteristics of Omicron but the first indications were that it is more transmissible than Delta, ”the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said, reporting on the meeting.
The spokesman added that there had been no debate within the prime minister’s senior team on whether to introduce the Plan B measures that the government is keeping in reserve this winter.
A total of 336 Omicron cases were identified on Monday – 261 in England, 71 in Scotland and four in Wales.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the deputies that cases of Omicron in people with no travel history have been confirmed in the UK, meaning it is now being transmitted in the community.
In response to the emergence of the new variant, face coverings are once again mandatory in stores and on public transport, while those who come in contact with someone who tests positive for Omicron will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. even if they are fully vaccinated.
Pre-departure testing for UK arrivals has also been reintroduced, with travelers also having to take a PCR test on day two and self-isolate until they test negative.
A total of 11 African countries have been placed on the red list: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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A scientist has warned that Omicron cases are expected to soon be higher than in some African countries on the travel red list.
Professor Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, told BBC Breakfast that early data suggests cases of the variant are doubling every other day.