Monday, 29 November 2021

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New Face Mask Rules In The UK

People who refuse to wear face masks on public transport and in shops could face fines of £200, it’s reported.

Face coverings will become mandatory again from Tuesday after three cases of Omicron, the most concerning Covid variant so far, were discovered in the UK.

Ministers have reportedly been warned the move will be met with a ‘high degree of non-compliance’.

But they are said to be hoping the reemergence of heavy fines will convince the public to follow the law.

Anyone who flouts face-covering rules will face an initial fine of £200, The Telegraphclaims.

Similarly to earlier in 2021, this could rise to £400 for a second offence, and £800 for a third.

A maximum charge of £6,400 is to be tabled in the House of Commons on Monday, it’s believed.

Those who pay their first fine within 14 days will reportedly see it halved to £100.

Face masks will not be mandatory in pubs or restaurants, or at cinemas and theatres.

But the Department of Education has told all headteachers to make them compulsory for secondary pupils and visitors in communal areas.

Travel rules are also tightening up, with anyone arriving in England ordered to take a PCR test on day two and to self-isolate until they have a negative result.

Despite fears over the new variant, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has advised people to ‘continue with their plans as normal for Christmas’.

He insisted it will be ‘a great Christmas’ – but added that it ‘would be irresponsible to make guarantees’ during the ever-changing pandemic.

The Department of Health and Social Care told ‘In light of the new Omicron variant the government has taken swift and decisive action to mandate face coverings in some settings including shops and on public transport.

‘Face coverings can provide protection to those around you and can help prevent the spread of the virus.

‘This legal requirement will come into effect at 4am on Tuesday 30 November.’

Under-40s At Risk Of New Covid Omicron

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of South African Medical Association, told Reuters that on Nov. 18 she noticed seven patients at her clinic who had symptoms different from the dominant Delta variant, albeit "very mild".

Now designated Omicron by the World Health Organization, the variant was detected and announced by South Africa's National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Nov. 25 from samples taken from a laboratory from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16.

Coetzee said a patient on Nov. 18 reported at her clinic being "extremely fatigued" for two days with body aches and headache.

"Symptoms at that stage was very much related to normal viral infection. And because we haven't seen COVID-19 for the past eight to 10 weeks, we decided to test," she said, adding that the patient and his family turned out to be positive.

On the same day, more patients came in with similar symptoms, which was when she realised there was "something else going on." Since then, she's seen two to three patients a day.

We have seen a lot of Delta patients during the third wave. And this doesn't fit in the clinical picture," she said, adding she alerted NICD on the same day with the clinical results.

"Most of them are seeing very, very mild symptoms and none of them so far have admitted patients to surgeries. We have been able to treat these patients conservatively at home," she said.

Coetzee, who is also on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, said unlike the Delta so far patients have not reported loss of smell or taste and there has been no major drop in oxygen levels with the new variant.

Her experience so far has been that the variant is affecting people who are 40 or younger. Almost half of the patients with Omicron symptoms that she treated were not vaccinated.

"The most predominant clinical complaint is severe fatigue for one or two days. With them, the headache and the body aches and pain."

The news of the new variant emerging from South Africa prompted a swift reaction from several countries, including Britain, which on Friday imposed a travel ban on several southern African countries with immediate effect, a decision South Africa has strongly contested. read more

Since Friday, many countries have also banned air travel to and from South Africa, including the United States, other European countries, and some Asian nations.

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Friday, 26 November 2021

UK Stops Flights From 6 African Countries

Flights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.

Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the potential to evade immunity, posed “a potentially significant threat to the vaccine programme which we have to protect at all costs”.

Hundreds of people who have recently returned from South Africa, where the variant was detected, and neighbouring countries are expected to be tracked down and offered tests in an effort to avoid the new variant entering the UK.Scientists warn of new Covid variant with high number of mutations

The variant, which was identified on Tuesday, initially caused concern because it carries an “extremely high number” of mutations meaning that the spike protein looks different from the version that vaccines were designed to target. The latest data, presented by South African scientists on Thursday, revealed that the variant also appears to be more transmissible and is already present in provinces throughout the country.

As well as placing South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe on England’s travel red list and banning flights from Friday, officials are reviewing a number of travel measures including whether there should be a limited reintroduction of the use of PCR tests for arrivals. Travellers who test positive will be strongly encouraged to take a PCR so that their results can be sequenced to test for variants. The Scottish government later confirmed all arrivals from the six countries will be required to self-isolate and take two PCR tests from midday on Friday, while anyone arriving after 4am on Saturday will need to stay at a managed quarantine hotel. There are no direct flights from any of the countries into Scotland.

Israel also announced it will ban its citizens from travelling to southern Africa – covering the same six countries as well as Mozambique – and barring the entry of foreign travellers from the region.