Face masks to return from TUESDAY in shops and public transport

MANDATORY face masks in shops and public transport will return from Tuesday in a bid to fight the new Covid variant, Sajid Javid has revealed.

The Health Secretary confirmed the move this morning after the first two cases of the Omicron strain were reported in the UK.

Sajid Javid said mandatory face masks are due to return from Tuesday

Sajid Javid said mandatory face masks are due to return from Tuesday

It comes after Boris Johnson ordered the return of masks and for contacts of anyone infected with the variant to self isolate.

Speaking to Sky’s Trevor Philips on Sunday Mr Javid also admittedwe will never defeat” 冠状病毒.

He has also asked Government vaccine advisers the JCVI to broaden the booster programme, which is currently open to all over-40s.

When asked how mandatory mask-wearing will be enforced, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I do think people will take this more seriously”.

Transport for London figures have shown only 108 people out of the millions who travel on the Tube have been removed for not wearing masks.

鲍里斯·约翰逊 announced the added restrictions yesterday after two cases of the dreaded super-spreading strain were reported in Essex and Nottingham.

The two caseswhich are currently isolatingare said to be linked to travel in South Africa.

But Mr Johnson said tighter border controls would only go so far to quell the variant’s spread in Britain, 加 “proportionate and targeted measureswere now needed.

He told a Downing Street news briefing: “We need to slow down the spread of this variant here in the UK.

I an addition to the measures we are already taking, we will require all contacts of those who test positive with a suspected case of Omicron to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of your vaccination status.

We will also go further in asking all of you to help contain the spread of this variant by tightening up the rules on face coverings in shops and on public transport.

The latest clampdown is expected to require everyone in shops, trains and buses in England to wear a face coveringunless they are medically exempt.

The exact rules are expected to be set out inthe next day or so”, with Boris adding Brits will go backto a position where you have to wear them in retail settings or on public transport”.

Travellers arriving into the UK will also have to take a mandatory PCR test on or before day twoand they must isolate until they get a negative result.

Face masks will once again become mandatory in shops and no public transport in England

Face masks will once again become mandatory in shops and no public transport in England
Boris Johnson announced the new measures this evening

Boris Johnson announced the new measures this evening信用: Sky News

Boris said the new tightened rules on mask-wearing is theresponsible course of actionin a bid to stop the spread of the new mutant strain.

These are targeted measures to provide confidence and protection, and we will review these measures in three weeks to ensure they are working effectively,” he told journalists.

But the restrictions, which do not apply to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, also mark a screeching U-turn in England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Brits were finally allowed to fling off their masks on July 19 今年, as the nation celebrated Freedom Day and an end to all restrictions.

While the Government still recommend masks in certain situations, businesses and individuals were largely allowed to decide when they did and didn’t cover up.

These are targeted measures to provide confidence and protection, and we will review these measures in three weeks to ensure they are working effectively.

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England’s picture appeared far bleaker today as Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed two people had tested positive for the Omicron super strain in England.

Mr Javid said the two people who tested positive had links to travel in South Africa where Omicron has seen an explosion of cases.

He added targeted testing is now being carried out in Britain, as travel restrictions were set to be introduced for Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.

Announcing the news, Mr Javid told Sky News: “Late last night I was contacted by the UK Health Security Agency.

I was informed that they have detected two cases of this new variant, Omicron, in the United Kingdom.

One in Chelmsford, the other in Nottingham.

It comes after Senior Government scientists warned the mutant Omicron variant was the “worst variant they have seen so far” – with vaccines expected to be at least a third less effective against it.

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, said the variant could be “of real concern” as 32 mutations in its spike protein could enable it to evade a person’s immune system more easily and spread to more people.

On Twitter, he said the variant “very, very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile” that could make it more contagious than any other variant so far.

While the effectiveness of vaccines against Omicron is currently unclear, Mr Johnson said there aregood reasons for believing they will provide at least some measure of protection”.

He said todaywe’re going to boost the booster campaignby asking the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to consider giving boosters toas wide a group as possible as well as reducing the gapbetween second doses and the booster.

Meanwhile Professor Chris Whitty today urged people totake sensible precautionsas scientists work to analyse anypossible increase in transmissibility or resistance to vaccinesin light of the Omicron strain.

The Chief Medical Officer said: “We will continue to work closely with the international community to quickly gather and analyse information on this variant to understand any possible increase in transmissibility or resistance to vaccines.

“It is important that everyone takes sensible precautions – get a PCR test if you have symptoms, isolate when asked, wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, ventilate rooms, get your vaccine and boosters as soon as you can.”

It became compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport in the UK on June 15, 2020.

在商店戴口罩 7 月成为必修课 24, 2020.

After the restrictions lifted, some businesses like Transport For London continued to ask customers to wear face coverings.

岁以下儿童 11 和有呼吸问题的人, 精神疾病, 和/或身体残疾者免于戴口罩.

Carrying an exemption card or badge is a personal choice and is not required by law.

Boris Johnson announced the measures today

Boris Johnson announced the measures today

Sajid Javid says TWO cases of Omicron Covid variant reported in Britain after spreading from travellers