Travelers to the United Kingdom have been mandated to take the PCR test following the discovery of Omricon variant of Coronavirus.
The UK government introduced the new rule as part of measures to contain the spread of the new Omicron variant said to be a highly infectious variant. So far, two cases of the new variant have been recorded in the UK.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, brought out a new directive which says all travelers to the UK will have to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test by the end of the second day of their arrival.
According to him, travelers must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.
“All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
“All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
“Face coverings will become compulsory on public transport and in shops – not including hospitality.
“The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) will consider giving boosters to a wider age group, as well as reducing the gap between the second dose and booster.” the new rule stated
The World Health Organisation (WHO) described Omicron as a “variant of concern”, calling on global leaders to take action to contain its spread.