Covid-19: Javid to set out measures amid new variant and Netherlands tightens restrictions
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning.
1. New Covid measures set out amid Omicron variantHealth Secretary Sajid Javidis expected to set out further details of new Covid measureslater after two UK cases of the new Omicron variant were detected. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that face coverings would be mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England from this week. PCR tests for everyone entering the UK will be introduced and all contacts of new variant cases will have to self-isolate, even if fully jabbed. The measures, which include reinstating the travel red list with mandatory hotel quarantine for 10 countries, were "temporary and precautionary", Mr Johnson said. Our health and science correspondent James Gallagher looks at
.Media caption,Watch Boris Johnson set out new measures after two cases of the Omicron variant were found in the UK2. Israel imposes travel banCountries around the world have been racing to contain the potentially more infectious Omicron strain first detected in South Africa. Israel is one of the latest countries to announce travel restrictions - the country
and use surveillance to halt the strain's spread, according to local media. The ban is expected to come into effect at midnight on Sunday, following full cabinet approval.Image source,3. Netherlands tightens partial lockdownTighter restrictionshave come into force in the Netherlands headtopics.com
, amid record Covid cases and concerns over the new Omicron variant. For at least the next three weeks, hospitality and cultural venues such as cafes, museums and cinemas must close by 17:00. The government says the curbs are critical to protect hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Meanwhile, some 61 people - who recently arrived on two KLM flights from South Africa - are being tested for the new variant.
Image source,4. South Africa says travel bans are punishmentSouth Africahas complained it is being punished- instead of applauded - for discovering the new variant Omicron. The foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restricted travel from southern Africa as details of the spread emerged. Its officials say South Africa should be praised for discovering Omicron, not hit with travel bans. The country first reported the variant on 24 November.
Image source,Reuters5. Deadline for US troops to get jabbedRead more: BBC News (UK) »
'100 invited' to Downing Street garden lockdown drinks
The Met Police have contacted the government over a get-together said to have been attended by the PM.
How many passengers were tested that arrived from the red listed countries during the early period of notification? Funny they managed to get through all the G7, COP26 and all their party conferences without any hindrance. Truly uncanny timing. I fear for hospitality. It doesn’t make any sense to me having to wear masks in supermarkets then not having to wear one in a pub where surely the risk of infection is greater. Hope this doesn’t happen but it defies all logic if it doesn’t
Too little too late. When are the BBC 'reporters' going to wake up and subjectively look at this emergency rather than report the bloody obvious incompetence. A man with no knowledge of the medical profession. Leader of health. Chumocracy The media .. Its all fear mongering Bollox 😂😂😂 1 case and new measures , they must be giggling in Whitehall that idiots listen to them 😂
Covid-19: NI grappling with highest infection rate in UKThe pandemic in Northern Ireland has been following a different course to the rest of the UK. Must be because of Brexit & NI Protocol
Covid-19: PM says anyone arriving in UK must take PCR test - BBC News“We are going to have to do a bit of a rethink” Professor Chris Whitty says using “highly effective” Covid antiviral drugs will require a rethink, to “make sure with the new variant we’re targeting in the right direction” Get on Amazon folks. Quick delivery 👍❤️ Anyone else noticing the pattern that these 'crisis' situations are happening around 1 month prior/to coincide with when Boris requires paternal leave with his latest one? It getting uncanny really... such a 'coincidence' 🤔 BBCPolitics
COVID-19 around the world: Israel to ban foreigners as other nations tighten restrictions on BritonsAs cases of the new Omicron variant emerge across Europe, many countries are imposing travel bans or increasing quarantine requirements. The Omicron horse bolted a long time ago. With the useless U.K. Test & Trace, no point in trying to stop it at entry. Better to spend the money expanding CoVid wards. Why does the world not stand up to the criminal colonial israeli entity for its crimes against the Palestinian people? PalestineWillBeFree PalestinianChildrenRightsSOS
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