Omicron: Timeline from discovery to arrival in the UK and the consequences since

T wo cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK and measures are being introduced to slow its spread. Here, the PA news agency looks at how the variant went from an emerging cause for concern in southern parts of Africa to arriving in the country. UK scientists first become aware … Read more

UK, Germany, Italy report cases of new COVID variant omicron

LONDON — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding … Read more

More European countries find Omicron cases as concern grows

The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have become the latest countries to detect cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from countries in southern Africa despite their protestations and against the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO). Omicron, designated a “variant of concern” by the United Nations’ … Read more

UK mandates masks, PCR tests for arrivals to stem Omicron seeding

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to try to contain the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, including PCR tests for passengers arriving in the country, face coverings in shops and more self-isolation. “We’re not going to stop people travelling,” he stressed during a press conference Saturday. “But we will require … Read more

Boris’s travel crackdown to fight Omicron Covid variant

New Covid restrictions to fight Omicron variant At a Downing Street press conference this evening, the Prime Minister announced a raft of new restrictions. Two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Nottingham and Brentwood, Essex.  Flanked by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, Mr Johnson said:  All arrivals to UK must take … Read more

UK health officials identify 2 cases of new coronavirus variant omicron

LONDON — With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain the new omicron variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. A host of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada Iran, … Read more

UK confirms two cases of Omicron variant

The United Kingdom’s health authorities have registered two confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said today. “We have been made aware [by the UK Health Security Agency] of two UK cases of the Omicron variant. The two cases are linked and there is a connection with travel to southern Africa. … Read more

Covid-19 UK: Two cases of super-mutant Omicron variant are detected in Britain

Two cases of the super-mutant Omicron Covid variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.  Sajid Javid wrote on Twitter this afternoon: ‘We have been made aware by @UKHSA of two UK cases of the Omicron variant. The two cases are linked and there is a connection with travel to southern Africa. ‘These … Read more

UK Confirms First Two Cases Of New Covid Strain ‘Omicron’

Both cases were linked to travel from southern Africa. (Representational) London: Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa. “We have moved rapidly and the individuals are self-isolating while contact tracing is ongoing,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement. … Read more

Omicron cases suspected in two countries

Two more countries may have been infected with the Omicron variant after recent travellers from South Africa tested positive to coronavirus. Fears the Omicron variant has spread further throughout Europe are mounting as health officials in the Netherlands and Germany suspect travellers from South Africa have brought the infection across. On Friday, the Belgian government … Read more