Boris Johnson to hold Downing Street briefing today on Omicron variant

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Orris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday afternoon after new restrictions are introduced to prevent the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19.

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PM will address the nation after 11 o’clockth A case of the new strain was identified in Scotland on Tuesday morning.

He is expected to discuss new measures for Britons to wear face coverings on public transport and in stores, as well as an expansion of the vaccine booster programme.

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The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) is now advising that all adults aged 18 to 39 be offered a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in descending order of age groups to increase their level of protection. needed.

People age 40 and older are already eligible for a booster vaccine.

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All travelers returning to the UK must undergo a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative result is obtained, while contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

Meanwhile, health experts said the winter period was a “time of caution” and urged people to do “anything they can to reduce the risk” of catching the Covid.

Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said: “It makes sense that people should recognize that this virus has not gone away, and do anything they can to reduce the risk to themselves. , their families and the people with whom they are in contact have a good understanding.

“So I am very happy that people are now being encouraged to wear masks when indoors, lateral flow testing is a very good way to find out if you have had the infection, so people are continuing to do that. should keep. ,

Scientists fear the new version may be both more permeable and vaccine resistant – prompting the government to introduce new restrictions to curb the spread of the infection. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has urged Britons to plan for a normal Christmas as health officials seek conclusive data on the extent of the threat posed by the strain.

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