THE number of Omicron infections in the UK has now TRIPLED due to community transmission as England announced new Covid rules today.
A number of new measures are being brought into force from tomorrow morning as cases of the Covid strain begin to climb.
All people arriving in England from Tuesday will need to have a PCR test on or before day two after they land.
Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport and in shops and other settings including banks, post offices and hairdressers from 4am tomorrow morning – but the rule does not apply to pubs and restaurants..
Meanwhile close contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. Isolation rules will also return for international arrivals until they receive a negative PCR test for Covid-19.
It comes as Scotland today confirmed another six new cases of the variant – with Nicola Sturgeon suggesting they could have been transmitted within the country.
She said: “At this stage we know that not all of them have any recent travel history to or known links with others who have travelled to the countries in southern Africa where the variant was originally detected. This suggests that there might already be some community transmission of this variant in Scotland.”
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