Mask wearing will be mandatory on public transport and in shops as part of a series of new measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID.
Meanwhile, all travellers to the UK will have to take PCR tests on the second day after arrival and self isolate until they have a negative test result. The new measures will take effect from Tuesday.
The UK has also placed ten southern African countries on its travel ‘red’ list. Three cases of the Omricon variant have been detected though doctors have warned that further cases are likely to be discovered in the coming days.
Booster jabs will also be offered to all adults sooner than previously envisaged. The booster shots are currently only available to those aged over 40 or with a preexisting medical condition.
(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)