Eight things we learned from the prime minister's briefing
- Credit: PA Wire
Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed restrictions will return from Tuesday.
In a press conference on Saturday evening, Mr Johnson announced the plans to try and reduce the spread of the new Omicron variant which has recently been found in the UK.
Here are eight key things learned from the press briefing.
1. Face masks will be compulsory in shops and on public transport in England from next week.
2. Anyone entering the UK from any destination abroad will have to take a PCR test two days after arrival and self-isolate until they have a negative result.
3. Anyone who has been in close contact with a case of Omicron will have to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status.
4. The new measures will be reviewed within three weeks.
5. The two cases discovered in the UK were part of the same outbreak and are in Essex and Nottingham.
- 1 New cops truck catches out law-breaking drivers in successful week
- 2 Man sentenced for handling stolen goods - including designer watch, clothes and laptop
- 3 Drug dealer jailed after being found with heroin and crack cocaine
- 4 Goalkeeper with incurable brain tumour overwhelmed by fundraiser response
- 5 Ian Stewart 'appeared odd' at wife Diane's funeral, court hears
- 6 Cyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries after crash
- 7 Bank cards, electrical items and jewellery stolen in burglary
- 8 Jail for fraudulent accountant who tried to steal £200k of employer’s money
- 9 Face coverings no longer mandatory indoors as England returns to Plan A
- 10 Ian Stewart murder trial: Diane 'suffered lack of oxygen for up to an hour'
6. Omicron can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.
7. The variant has an “extensive” mutation which means in may “at least in part” reduce the protection of the vaccine over time, the PM said.
8. Omicron “really changes the risk/benefit calculations” for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation regarding recommending vaccines to younger children, meaning children under 12 could soon be eligible.
Join our Norfolk Coronavirus Updates Facebook group for more news about how the pandemic is affecting the county.