UK health authorities have detected two cases of people carrying the Omicron type of coronavirus, who are now under quarantine, Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday.
Javid said the infections were identified in the town of Chelmsford, in Essex, near London, and in Nottingham, central England.
The minister noted that the two cases are “connected” and that the two people are now locked up with their relatives while further analysis is being done.
Javid announced that four more countries will be included in the list of areas whose residents, as of 4 p.m. Sunday, cannot travel to United kingdom (Unless they are British citizens, they must quarantine at a particular hotel), up to ten.
On Friday, the government included it in the red list South Africa – Where the new variant was originally discovered – Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini, it is now joined by Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
“If someone has traveled to these four countries or to any other country on the red list in the past four days, he should self-isolate and do a PCR report,” the minister said.
The omicron variable, which has led many countries to suspend flights with South Africa, worries the World Health Organization because of the large number of mutations they cause, as about thirty mutations were discovered in just two weeks, with confirmed cases not only in South Africa but also in Botswana Hong Kong and neighboring Belgium.
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