Sajid Javid introduced at the moment that the OMICRON variant is spreading all through the UK.
There are at present 336 instances of the brand new Covid pressure within the nation, in response to the well being secretary.
He mentioned most of the new infections aren’t linked to worldwide journey in an replace to MPs this afternoon.
“The Omicron variant is spreading right here and around the globe,” he advised the Home of Commons.
“In response to the most recent information, there are actually 261 confirmed instances in England, 71 confirmed instances in Scotland, and 4 confirmed instances in Wales, bringing the overall variety of confirmed instances within the UK to 336.”
“This consists of instances with no worldwide journey concerned.” In consequence, we are able to conclude that group transmission now exists in a number of English areas.”
From 4 a.m. tomorrow, all arrivals in the UK can be required to take a pre-departure check, in response to Mr. Javid.
In response to him, the Omicron variant has now been found in 52 international locations, with a lot of them in Europe.
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