A host of new measures have been introduced in a bid to “slow down” the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant after two cases were detected in the UK.
In England, face-coverings will again become mandatory in some settings, tougher testing rules will come into force for anyone who arrives in the country from abroad, contacts of people who have tested positive for the Omicron variant must self-isolate for 10 days, and booster vaccines will be rolled out to more people.
It comes after the health secretary announced two cases of the new variant had been detected in the UK – one in Brentwood, Essex, and another in Nottingham.
Sajid Javid said the individuals and all members of their households were told to enter self-isolation.
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