U.Ok. joins Canada, U.S. in tightening journey restrictions amid Omicron unfold – Nationwide

Britain’s authorities tightened journey restrictions Saturday amid considerations in regards to the unfold of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all vacationers arriving in England might want to take a COVID-19 take a look at earlier than they board their flight.

Well being Secretary Sajid Javid stated the brand new guidelines will apply from 4 a.m. London time Tuesday.

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“In gentle of the latest knowledge, we’re taking additional motion to sluggish the incursion of the omicron variant,” he stated in a tweet.

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Javid additionally added Nigeria to the U.Ok.’s journey “crimson listing,” which implies that arrivals from there will likely be banned apart from U.Ok. and Irish residents, and people travellers should isolate in designated quarantine amenities. He stated there was a “important quantity” of omicron instances linked to journey with Nigeria, with 27 instances recorded in England.

Karen Dee, the chief government of the Airport Operators Affiliation, stated the brand new measures will likely be a “main deterrent” to journey, simply as airports and the journey business have been hoping for a small uplift over the festive season.

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“It is a devastating blow for aviation and tourism,” she stated

Authorities recorded one other 42,848 confirmed coronavirus instances within the U.Ok. as of Saturday, with 127 extra deaths. With over 145,000 COVID-19 deaths within the pandemic, Britain has the second-highest virus dying toll in Europe after Russia.

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