Arrivals in UK must take PCR and self-isolate until they test negative

Anyone arriving in England will have to take a PCR test on day two and self-isolate until they have a negative result.

Boris Johnson announced the new measure following the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Two cases have emerged of the new strain in the UK, which is believed to have a higher rate of re-infection, even in the double vaccinated.

At a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson said we need to ‘buy time for our scientists to understand exactly what we’re dealing with’, as well as to help the NHS ‘prepare in what is already a challenging winter’.

In a bid to stamp out the strain, he anyone entering the UK will now have to take a PCR test on day two and self-isolate until they get a negative result.

The PM added that face masks will return to shops and public transport.

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