Challenging month’ ahead, says scientist, as number of Omicron cases rises to 14
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said that ministers had to “act immediately and not wait” after the discovery of the variant.
All travellers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result, while contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.
It came as a further three cases of the new strain, first detected in Botswana earlier this month, were detected in Scotland on Tuesday morning.
Scientists fear the new variant could be both more transmissible and vaccine resistant – prompting the Government to introduce fresh curbs to stem the spread of infection. Health secretary Sajid Javid has urged Britons to plan for a normal Christmas as health authorities seek conclusive data on the extent of the threat posed by the strain.