PRIME Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a new range of restrictions to combat the new Covid-19 variant.
The highly transmissible Omicron has created panic, after two cases of the new variant were reported in the UK, in Nottingham and Essex.
The Prime Minister said that people in England would be required to wear face masks again on public transport and in shops.
Johnson also said that anyone coming into this country from abroad would have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arriving, and to self-isolate until they had secured a negative result.
He added that people were not going to be prevented from travelling to, or returning from, overseas.
He admitted that the restrictions on travel “sound tough”, but insisted that the entire package was “targeted and appropriate”, adding “that’s the way it’s got to be”.
Four further countries – Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola – were added to a UK list facing flight bans that now includes 10 nations.