“Too late” to stop Omicron variant despite travel restrictions, scientist says – .

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“Too late” to stop Omicron variant despite travel restrictions, scientist says – .


isIt is “too late” to effectively stop the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK, a government science adviser has warned.

On Saturday it was announced that all travelers arriving in England will be required to take a Covid-19 pre-departure test from Tuesday – while Nigeria is added to the government’s travel red list.

Ministers said the additional test was intended to be a temporary measure following new data showing an increase in the number of cases of the new strain linked to overseas travel.
But Professor Mark Woolhouse, who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (Spi-M) which advises the government, said the measures would not make a “material difference” because the variant “is already spreading fairly quickly”.
He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “I think it may be a case of the stable door being closed after the horse has bolted.
“If Omicron is here in the UK, and it certainly is, if there is community transmission in the UK, and it certainly looks like this, then it’s that community transmission that will drive a next wave. .
“The cases that are imported are important, we want to detect them and isolate any positive cases that we find, as we would any case anywhere.
“But I think it’s too late to make a significant difference in the course of the Omicron wave if we’re going to have one. “
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The travel industry reacted with fury after the announcement of the latest measures, despite ministers insisting they were only “temporary”.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday: “I know it’s a burden on the travel industry, but we’ve made huge strides in this country.

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