LONDON – Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the United Kingdom, both linked to travel to southern Africa, according to health minister Sajid Javid on Saturday.
“The UK Health Security Agency contacted me late last night. I was informed that two cases of this new variant, Omicron, had been discovered in the United Kingdom. One is in Chelmsford and the other is in Nottingham “In a broadcast clip, he said.
According to the health ministry, the two people and all members of their households are being re-tested and told to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing are conducted.
From 0400 GMT on Sunday, England will also add Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola to its travel “red list,” requiring British and Irish residents to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days. Non-residents will be denied admission.