Sajid Javid delivers Omicron update – New Covid rules in full

Omicron: More than 1000 cases in UK already predicts expert

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The Omicron variant is spreading across the globe, with cases now in 52 countries. Speaking from the Commons this afternoon, Mr Javid said there have been 261 confirmed cases of Omicron in England, 71 in Scotland and four in Wales. 

In total, the number of confirmed Omicron cases in the UK is 336.

Mr Javid has said this includes cases with no links to international travel.

The Health Secretary said: “We can conclude there is now community transmission across multiple regions in the UK.”

So what measures has Mr Javid announced today? Here are the latest Covid rules and how they could affect you.

Mr Javid told the commons 21 Omicron cases in England have been linked to travel from Nigeria – and so the country will be added to the travel Red List.

Elsewhere, from 4am on Tuesday, everyone arriving in the UK must have taken a coronavirus test 48 hours before their departure.

This applies to any travellers – vaccinated or unvaccinated – from the age of 12 and above.

Lateral flow tests are accepted, which are cheaper and quicker than PCR tests.

NHS tests cannot be used for international travel and so people must purchase a test from a private company.

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