Covid UK: Boris bows to Omicron as restrictions return

New Covid restrictions to fight Omicron variant Boris Johnson tonight unveiled emergency measures to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant – which is feared to be faster-spreading than Delta and more able to evade vaccines. But extraordinarily despite his warnings about the peril there is so far no exact timings for when … Read more

UK mandates masks, PCR tests for arrivals to stem Omicron seeding

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to try to contain the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, including PCR tests for passengers arriving in the country, face coverings in shops and more self-isolation. “We’re not going to stop people travelling,” he stressed during a press conference Saturday. “But we will require … Read more

ECDC assesses Omicron variant as high risk

Risks linked to the new Omicron coronavirus variant are “high” and require “timely” policy intervention, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned in a threat assessment published late Friday. The B.1.1.529 strain, first detected in South Africa, was dubbed Omicron and classified as a “variant of concern” on Friday by the World … Read more

Passengers on last flights from South Africa before ban say there were ‘no additional precautions’

Passengers arriving into the UK on one of the last flights from South Africa have revealed they were not offered tests and left to mix with hundreds of other passengers despite the country being a hotbed of the new super-mutant ‘jab-dodging’ Botswana Covid variant. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that flights from South Africa – as well … Read more

Boris Johnson urges French and EU deals to halt English Channel crossings

Boris Johnson offered to work “further and faster” with France and the EU to try to stop undocumented migrants crossing the English Channel, after dozens drowned in a bid to reach the U.K. In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, published late Thursday, the British prime minister urged more cooperation with Paris and Brussels … Read more