Two cases of Omicron Covid variant detected in Britain, says health secretary – The Guardian

The first cases of the new B.1.1.529 Covid variant have been identified in the UK. Two people found to be infected with the Omicron variant are self-isolating, according to the health secretary, Sajid Javid. Two cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UK.

EU advises border closures over new Covid variant as European case confirmed – BBC News

Countries around the world are taking steps to tighten travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in southern Africa. The European Commission has recommended that EU countries introduce an “emergency brake” on all travel from the region in response. The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting to discuss the new variant.

‘The UK really is in trouble’: Doctors warn of a dire Covid crisis as officials reject restrictions

The U.K. is seeing rampant Covid infections and a slowly increasing number of hospitalizations and deaths. The warnings come just as government officials have insisted that more restrictions on public life are not yet necessary. Making matters potentially worse, the U.K. is also monitoring a mutation of the delta variant. An increasing number of doctorsContinue reading “‘The UK really is in trouble’: Doctors warn of a dire Covid crisis as officials reject restrictions”

MP loses charity role after allegedly saying Asian ministers ‘look the same’

Tory James Gray told to step back from St John Ambulance after he reportedly introduced Nadhim Zahawi as health secretary A Conservative MP has been axed from his senior role with a charity for apparently mixing up two senior Asian ministers, allegedly saying “they all look the same to me”. James Gray was told toContinue reading “MP loses charity role after allegedly saying Asian ministers ‘look the same’”

UK ditches plans for vaccine passports at crowded venues

Authorities in Britain have decided not to require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England, Britain’s health secretary said Sunday, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government’s supporters in Parliament. Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government has shelved the idea of vaccine passports for now butContinue reading “UK ditches plans for vaccine passports at crowded venues”

New Covid variants ‘would set us back a year’, experts warn UK government

Vaccine-beating variant is ‘realistic possibility’, say scientists, amid calls for contingency plans to be revealed Ministers are being pressed to reveal what contingency plans are in place to deal with a future Covid variant that evades current vaccines, amid warnings from scientific advisers that such an outcome could set the battle against the pandemic back a yearContinue reading “New Covid variants ‘would set us back a year’, experts warn UK government”

UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure

PM U-turns after backlash, will now self-isolate Plan to dodge full quarantine lasted less than three hours ‘Freedom Day’ plans to go ahead despite surging cases Johnson pleads with public to take cautious approach British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will both self-isolate in line with national guidance, abandoning heavily criticisedContinue reading “UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure”

England’s Covid unlocking is threat to world, say 1,200 scientists

International experts say ‘unethical experiment’ could allow vaccine-resistant variants to develop Boris Johnson’s plan to lift virtually all of England’s pandemic restrictions on Monday is a threat to the world and provides fertile ground for the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants, international experts say. Britain’s position as a global transport hub would mean any new variantContinue reading “England’s Covid unlocking is threat to world, say 1,200 scientists”

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