Britain releases tougher steps to combat spread of Omicron

London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated that the UK (Britain)  will implement "Plan B" limitations this winter to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron Covid-19 strain.

The Prime Minister said at a Downing Street news conference on Wednesday night that starting December 13, individuals should work from home wherever feasible, and that face masks will be required in "most public indoor" locations such as theatres and cinemas starting Friday.

From next week, proof of two vaccine doses or a negative Covid-19 test will be required for those wishing to enter nightclubs and large venues, Johnson said, adding that people who are contacts of Omicron cases may be subjected to daily testing rather than being isolated. The new procedures, he stressed, were "not a lockdown," and that people "should not" cancel Christmas parties or Nativity performances, and that nightclubs would remain open.

According to the British government, "Plan B" was announced in September and will aid in combating the new variety and reducing the risks of the National Health Service being put under unsustainable strain. According to the most recent data, Omicron has a very high growth rate and is rapidly spreading.

The UK Health Security Agency revealed that another 131 cases of the Omicron type have been recorded in the UK, bringing the total to 568. The doubling time could be as little as two and a half days to three days, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

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