British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the updated rules for the COVID-19 outbreak in his speech in the House of Commons.
Johnson announced that the PCR test rule, which is mandatory for passengers arriving in the UK, to be done before travel and on the 2nd day of their arrival in the country, has been removed. Johnson said the application will be effective from 04:00 local time on Friday, January 7th. Johnson said those arriving in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test. I can say that we will shelve the pre-test,” he said.
Stating that passengers arriving in England should have lateral flow tests that give fast results on the 2nd day after arrival instead of the essential PCR tests, Johnson said that in cases where the lateral flow test is positive, a PCR test should be performed.
Plan B will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks
Johnson said the UK has the largest testing program in Europe, but because of the “large size” of the Omicron wave, the government must take steps to ensure testing capacity “reaches those who need it most”. Johnson said the UK should adhere to Plan B measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, stressing that Plan B will remain in effect for 3 weeks until the data is reviewed on January 26. Johnson’s Plan B rules said enough people should continue to work from home if possible, covering their faces on public transport and also in multiple public enclosed spaces.
“Omicron, a dominant mutation in the UK”
Following Johnson’s announcement, Transport Minister Grant Shapps shared on Twitter, “We are removing the discontinuous testing measures we placed at the borders last year for passengers arriving in the UK. Omicron is a dominant mutation in the UK. These measures are now proportional to slow the Omicron mutation. not,” he said.
Highest daily death toll since March 2
According to the official data on COVID-19 in the UK, 194 thousand 746 incidents were detected in the last 24 hours, and the total number of incidents increased to 13 million 835 thousand 334. While 334 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since 2 March was recorded. The total loss of life reached 149 thousand 284.
With the administration of the booster dose (3rd dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine to 222 thousand 824 individuals in the last 24 hours, 60.1 percent of the population over the age of 12 in the country had the third dose of vaccine. In the last 24 hours, 49 thousand 887 individuals received the second dose of the vaccine, and 24 thousand 866 individuals received the first dose.