SAJID Javid will provide an update on the new coronavirus strain during a speech to parliament today (Monday, November 29).
What time is Sajid Javid’s announcement?
He is due to address the House of Commons at 3.30pm.
What is Sajid Javid expected to announce?
The UK now has 11 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant after the Scottish government announced on Monday, November 29, 2021, it had discovered four cases in Lanarkshire and two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
Any person who comes into contact with someone who tested positive for the new variant should isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status.
There are also new restrictions for travellers as anyone who enters the UK now has to take a Day 2 test and self-isolate until they get a negative result.
Mr Javid told families they should plan for a “great” Christmas “as normal” and insisted it was “nowhere near” time to reintroduce social distancing rules and work-from-home guidance.
He said it “would be irresponsible to make guarantees” during the ever-changing pandemic, but he told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I think people should continue with their plans as normal for Christmas, I think it’s going to be a great Christmas.”
He warned of the “very heavy price” of additional restrictions, adding: “So, if one was to make decisions like that they would have to be done very, very carefully and we’re not there yet, we’re nowhere near that.”
Mr Javid might also give an update on Covid-19 booster vaccines as scientists are expected to announce an expansion of the programme.
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