Omicron Would Be Dominant Variant In London Within 48 Hours: UK Official

Omicron Would Be Dominant Variant In London Within 48 Hours: UK Official

At least one person has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in Britain, Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions and on Sunday cautioned that the variant could overcome the immune defences of those inoculated with two shots of vaccines. Britain gave no details on the death other than the person had been diagnosed in hospital. It was not…

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UK To Remove All Countries From Covid Travel Red List On Wednesday

UK To Remove All Countries From Covid Travel Red List On Wednesday

The British government will remove all 11 countries from its COVID-19 travel red list from Wednesday because there is now community transmission of Omicron in Britain, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament. The new Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong. The British government added 11 African countries to its red list from late November, meaning that only UK citizens or residents arriving from those nations were allowed in and then had to quarantine in a hotel. “Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in…

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First death from Omicron variant in UK confirmed

First death from Omicron variant in UK confirmed

At least one person in the UK has died with the Omicron coronavirus variant, the prime minister has said. Boris Johnson said the new variant was also resulting in hospital admissions, and the “best thing” people could do was get their booster jab. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs Omicron now represented 20% of cases in England. The PM has set a new target for all adults in England to be offered a booster by the end of the month. Mr Johnson said people needed to recognise “the sheer pace…

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UK Advises Work From Home, Mandates Vaccine Passports Amid Omicron Surge

UK Advises Work From Home, Mandates Vaccine Passports Amid Omicron Surge

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced the tightening of virus restrictions in England as Omicron variant cases surge, including guidance to work from home and mandatory Covid passports. Johnson said at a briefing that the rate of Omicron cases was doubling every two to three days, risking a “big rise in hospitalisations”. “We must be humble in the face of this virus”, he said, adding that it was “the proportionate and the responsible thing to move to Plan B in England”. The UK has had more than 10…

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Boris Johnson apologizes for Christmas party blunder: PM’s Former Press Secretary Allegra Stratton Resigns

Boris Johnson apologizes for Christmas party blunder: PM’s Former Press Secretary Allegra Stratton Resigns

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised and his adviser resigned on Wednesday after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking about a party in Downing Street during a Christmas COVID-19 lockdown last year when such festivities were banned. For more than a week, Johnson and his team have repeated that no rules were broken in late 2020 after the Mirror newspaper reported there had been several parties – including a wine-fuelled gathering of 40 to 50 people – to mark Christmas. On Wednesday, he said he was furious about…

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Storm Barra: Weather warnings for most of UK as gales and snow hit

Storm Barra: Weather warnings for most of UK as gales and snow hit

Strong winds, heavy rain and snow have hit parts of the UK, as Storm Barra sweeps across the country. Most of the UK was covered by severe yellow weather warnings on Tuesday – with only the far north of Scotland escaping the worst weather. Gales and blizzards have been reported, with wind gusts reaching 86mph at Aberdaron in Gwynedd. About 3,200 homes in north-east Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have lost power. But Storm Barra is not expected to be as bad as its predecessor, Arwen, which hit the UK…

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PM Boris Tells Ministers: “Early Indications Suggest Omicron More Transmissible Than Delta”

PM Boris Tells Ministers: “Early Indications Suggest Omicron More Transmissible Than Delta”

Early signs indicate that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the Delta variant currently dominant in the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Cabinet ministers on December 7. Johnson’s official Number 10 Downing Street spokesperson told reporters in an account of the Cabinet meeting that Johnson reiterated it was still too early to draw conclusions on the wider impact of the new variant, which would depend on whether it causes severe illness. Johnson’s comments come as the UK recorded 101 more Omicron cases on…

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UK tightens travel testing rules amid ‘Omicron’ Variant Scare

UK tightens travel testing rules amid ‘Omicron’ Variant Scare

Britain’s government tightened travel restrictions on Saturday amid concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travellers arriving in England will need to take a Covid-19 test before they board their flight. The UK government has announced that those travelling into the country will need to show a negative coronavirus test pre-departure as it reintroduces Covid-19 restrictions due to the Omicron variant. From 0400 GMT on Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK will have to show evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within…

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Omicron cases in UK rise by more than 50% in one day: But Delta is still the main concern.

Omicron cases in UK rise by more than 50% in one day: But Delta is still the main concern.

Cases of the new Omicron variant in the UK have risen by more than 50 per cent in one day. On Sunday, 86 cases of the new variant were recorded, bringing the UK’s total to 246. Sixty-eight of these were discovered in England, and the other 18 in Scotland, where there are now 48 confirmed cases in total, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. A rise in the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England in the latest week was driven by the dominant Delta variant rather than Omicron,…

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UK and France Disagree Over Channel Migrant Crisis.

UK and France Disagree Over Channel Migrant Crisis.

Emmanuel Macron has reacted angrily to Boris Johnson’s public call for France to take back migrants who reach the UK. The French president accused the UK prime minister of not being “serious” by making the call on Twitter, after the deaths of 27 people on Wednesday. French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, that he rejected the idea of a joint British-French patrol in the English Channel to fight clandestine migration to Britain, a letter obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday. “France is ready to pursue…

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