UK PM Boris Johnson tightens rules on travel and mask-wearing over Omicron concerns


United Kingdom’s, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced fresh measures to curb the spread of coronavirus including mandatory masks in shops and PCR tests for travellers entering England after two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in the country.

Amid mounting global concern over Omicron, named a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization on Friday, the prime minister set out a series of steps the UK is taking to maximise its defence against Covid-19.

Contacts of all confirmed cases of people infected with the Omicron variant in England will have to self-isolate for 10 days.Health officials are also examining the case for widening access to the booster vaccine programme. The measures will be reviewed in three weeks.