After cutting all travel from SA, the UK government has now revealed that it has two cases of the new Omicron variant ALREADY in the country. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to provide a detailed update on the country’s COVID-19 plans on Saturday evening.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that two COVID cases of the Omicron variant have been found in Chelmsford and Nottingham.
Both cases are now self-isolating at home with the families. According to Javid, the two cases are linked and are connected through “Southern Africa”.
The UK government identified the cases late on Friday evening. In response, the UK has decided to add four more African countries to its red list. These are Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
So far, the Omicron variant has been detected in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong. But only Southern African counties have been put on the UK red list. The US has also blocked incoming travellers from 8 African countries.
The UK government has now ordered anyone who has travelled to a red list country in the last 10 days to self-isolate. They also have to do a PCR COVID test.
Targetted testing and genome sequencing are now also being done in Chelmsford and Nottingham. UK authorities hope to stop the spread of any further COVID Omicron cases.
There has also been an admission that the country may well already have several cases of the new variant.