London, Thanassis Gavos
The first two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in the United Kingdom, Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Saturday afternoon.
He added that targeted diagnostic tests will be performed in the two areas where the variant was identified, namely Chelmsford and Nottingham.
The two bodies, which according to the minister are “connected”, are in isolation at home together with their roommates.
Mr Javid also announced that as of early Sunday, four more African countries would be added to Britain’s red travel list: Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. They follow the six countries on the southern tip of the African continent.
The British minister said that he was informed late on Friday night about the two cases of the variant by the UK Health and Safety Service, while he reiterated the government warning that if necessary, restrictive measures will be taken.
“This is a real reminder that this pandemic is far from over,” Mr Javid said, urging citizens to come for their doses of the vaccine.
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