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Four Covid rule changes being introduced from Tuesday November 30


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a raft of rule changes from this week, in a huge press conference on Saturday.

Mr Johnson, the PM, addressed the country from Number 10 Downing Street alongside Sir Patrick Vallance.

England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty joined the pair as they discussed the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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The PM said: “We continue to be in a strong position largely thanks to the speed of the vaccine rollout, another booster rollout, and… I’m pretty confident to absolutely confident this Christmas will be considerably better than last Christmas.”

He added: “We need to slow down the spread of this variant here in the UK, because measures at the border can only ever minimise and delay the arrival of a new variant rather than stop it all together.”

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Mr Johnson said: “Our scientists are learning more hour by hour, and it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.”

Travel

Everyone entering the UK will have to take PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result

Self isolation

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of whether or not they are fully jabbed

Face masks

Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport.

Hospitality settings will be exempt from the changes

Boosters

The JCVI is mulling over rapidly extending boosters, including reducing the gap between the second dose of the vaccine and the booster

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