The UK called an “urgent” G7 meeting tomorrow to discuss the Omicron Covid variant.
Health ministers from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States will convene as leaders tighten restrictions in response to “worst-case scenario yet”.
Nine days ago officials were looking for potential contacts – and raise questions about how long it has been in the country.
The government announced in a last-minute press conference yesterday that face-covering will be mandatory in shops and public transport in England from Tuesday.
Travel rules are also tightened, with anyone arriving in England being ordered to take a PCR test on the second day and self-isolate until they get a negative result.
Israel was the first country today to close its borders to foreigners after a case was confirmed.
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Four other countries have been put on the Red List – Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
It comes after flights from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia were suspended on Friday.
Sajid Javid has advised people to continue their Christmas plans as usual.
He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips that the UK was “far” from another lockdown, even though it would be “irresponsible to give guarantees”.
The Department of Health and Welfare said: “Under the UK Presidency, an urgent meeting of G7 Health Ministers will be convened on Monday 29 November to discuss developments at Omicron.”
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