The British Government announced this Saturday that it will reintroduce the obligation to undergo a coronavirus test before traveling to England for all people, including those with the full vaccination schedule. The Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, pointed out on Twitter that the measure is taken to try to “slow down the incursion of the omicron variant” of covid-19. The measure will take effect at 04:00 on Tuesday, December 7.
And – from 4am Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK from countries not on the Red List will be required to take a pre-departure test, regardless of their vaccination status. 2/3
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) December 4, 2021
Last week, England made masks mandatory again in some public spaces, such as shops and means of transport, and started demanding a PCR test again within two days of arrival to all travelers.
The Executive, who had eliminated the tests prior to the trip at the beginning of October, will also add from the early hours of next Tuesday to your red list of destinations to Nigeria, which joins South Africa and five neighboring territories in that category.
“In the last few days the last days we have detected a growing number of cases (of omicron) linked to trips from Nigeria,” said Javid, who detailed that so far there are 27 cases in Ingalterra linked to the African country, “the second after of South Africa in terms of ties to omircon “.
Javid assured that the measures announced today are “temporary” and hopes to eliminate them “as soon as possible.”
So far, around 160 cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the Undian Kingdom, which this Saturday reported 42,848 new infections in total, after two consecutive days above 50,000 infections.
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