(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus Report: A further 15,849 people have tested positive for #COVID19 , by far the highest daily case number of the #pandemic so far #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.30: The number of people in hospital with the virus increased by 80 to 679 – the highest since the start of December – with 36 in intensive care.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to media news report #COVID19 in Scotland has recorded a high number of infections: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Omicron variant was spreading “rapidly” and now accounts for 80% of all cases.

She said further “steep increases” in infections are expected in the coming days and weeks.

However, no changes are to be made to restrictions in Scotland, with curbs expected to remain until 17 January.

Ms Sturgeon also said a decision about whether to reduce the 10-day self-isolation period would be made in the coming week.

The daily infections record has been repeatedly broken in recent days as the faster-spreading Omicron variant takes hold in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said 28.9% of all tests carried out on Tuesday were positive, adding up to 15,849 cases – “by some margin the highest overall daily case number reported in the pandemic to date”.

The first minister said hospital figures were “broadly stable”, but said the government must “exercise caution” given the time lag between rising case numbers and hospital admissions.

She said the coming weeks would produce a “clearer picture” about the impact of Omicron, and that it was “essential that we slow transmission as much as possible” in the meantime.

Scots have been asked to stay at home as much as possible in the coming weeks, and to socialise in groups of no more than three households.

Large events have been cancelled and fresh restrictions placed on hospitality venues, with nightclubs closed entirely.

Ms Sturgeon said these curbs were expected to continue until 17 January, and announced details of how £375m of financial support for businesses will be allocated.

This includes £32m for hospitality and leisure firms, a further £10m for businesses “most severely impacted by the requirement for table services”, £5m for nightclubs, and £17m for the events sector.

Talks are also being held with the sports sector about the impact of the restrictions on large events like football matches.

Ms Sturgeon said: “There simply isn’t an easy trade-off between protecting health and protecting the economy. 

“If Covid continues to spread rapidly, the economic impact in the form of staff absences and diminished consumer confidence will be severe. We’re already seeing those impacts. So doing nothing won’t help business.”

The data is jumping around a bit just now – in part because of reporting delays over Christmas but also strains in the system as more people come forward for tests. 

Almost 16,000 daily positive cases is probably in tune with the central estimates of modellers but we could still see a sharp rise over the next few days as the data starts to catch up. It may be that the worst-case scenario has been avoided because people have adapted their behaviour even before restrictions were brought in. 

For the first time in five days there is information on the numbers of people in hospital with Covid. It shows a small rise, but not a huge spike. Good news, but remember the early Omicron cases would largely be in young people who are less likely to become severely ill. We are still to see the impact of mixing across generations over Christmas. 

Early data from London, which is a little ahead of the rest of UK, show hospital admissions with Omicron are lower – even in older age groups – and that the number of people needing intensive care is even less. It also appears that many cases are incidental, with patients admitted for something else and then testing positive. 

But the experts continue to warn that even if Omicron is milder, a small proportion of a large number has the potential to cause major disruption for the NHS. Health and social care staff are exempt from 10-day isolation if they have a negative PCR test, but staff absences remain high, and it only takes a small increase in Covid patients for other care to be put on hold.

We still don’t know when the peak of this wave will hit, and how good boosters will be at protecting the most vulnerable. Scientists will say it is still too early to draw any firm conclusions from the data.

Ms Sturgeon also said ministers were “weighing the risks and benefits” of shortening the isolation period for Covid patients.

People who test positive in Scotland have to isolate for 10 days, while those in England can leave quarantine after seven days if they record two negative tests.

The first minister said consideration was being given to matching this, and to potentially easing the requirement for household contacts to isolate – something which is not required in England for double-vaccinated household contacts.

She said any decision would be made in the coming week, and come into effect from 5 January.

Nicola Sturgeon gave the Covid update to a virtual session of the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly called for the rules to be changed, saying they are causing staff shortages for key services. 

A total of 3,316 NHS staff were absent in the week to 28 December for Covid-related reasons, the highest level of absences since March and close to double the 1,771 recorded at the end of November.

At Holyrood, Tory leader Douglas Ross called for immediate action, saying that “the first minister’s message on these essential changes is yet again to tune in next week”.

Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar meanwhile called for the government to set out the scientific rationale for maintaining 10-day isolation when some countries are cutting the requirement in half.

He said: “Staff absences are spiking now, and that is having knock on effects on our services and industries.”

Ms Sturgeon said the decision was “finely balanced”, saying that easing quarantine rules prematurely could actually increase pressure on the economy by spreading the virus faster.

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(ENGLAND) JUST IN: UPDATE: #Coronavirus “surge hubs” are to be set up at hospitals across England in preparation for a potential wave of #Omicron admissions, the NHS has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.30: The eight temporary “Nightingale” units will each house about 100 patients, with building starting this week: There are also plans to identify sites for a further 4,000 beds if needed.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says its being reported that #COVID19 Nightingale surge hubs to be set up in eight hospitals, #NHS England says

Across the UK cases were reported in the latest figures, with over 900,000 cases reported over the last seven days – up 41.4% on the week before.

The Nightingale hubs will be located at:

  • the Royal Preston hospital in Lancashire
  • St James’ University Hospital in Leeds
  • Lister Hospital in Stevenage
  • St George’s Hospital in Tooting
  • William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent
  • North Bristol Hospital
  • Solihull Hospital
  • University Hospitals Birmingham
  • University Hospitals Leicester
Nurse puts on PPE in Covid ward at King's College Hospital

By Sophie Gallagher & Adam Durbin
BBC News

Record Covid case numbers were reported in the UK on Wednesday and NHS medical director Prof Stephen Powis said the service was on a “war footing”. 

The NHS is often required to deploy extra beds over winter, but hospitalisations in England with Covid have risen above 10,000 for the first time since March.

There were 57 people reported to have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test on Wednesday and 516 deaths over the last week – 34.1% lower than the previous seven days. 

However, deaths and hospitalisations are both slower to show up in the Covid data, often following rising case numbers after a few weeks. 

Prof Powis said the NHS “cannot wait to find out before we act” given the number of infections and uncertainty about Omicron’s severity.

Meanwhile, inconsistent supply of rapid lateral flow tests online continued on Thursday morning, following reports of similar issues at pharmacies.

Slots at PCR testing sites across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were also largely unavailable – even for NHS and other essential workers. However, home PCR tests were available for delivery. 

On Wednesday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said test availability is refreshed throughout the day and people should keep checking online.

It added that eight million lateral flow tests will be made available to pharmacies by Friday.

Prof Peter Openshaw said the lack of testing availability shortly before New Year’s Eve celebrations was “very worrying indeed”. 

The Imperial College London immunologist told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme parties are often “absolutely perfect” conditions to transmit Covid people crowding together in poorly ventilated spaces. 

A series of hospitals sites named after the 19th Century nurse Florence Nightingale were set up in England during the first wave of the pandemic at dedicated locations such as the Excel exhibition centre in east London.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he hoped the new hubs “will not have to be used” but that it was right to prepare for all scenarios. 

The hubs were described as a “back up insurance policy” by Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers – the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England. 

An email seen by the BBC from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to its staff said that the hubs could be “activated in extremis”. 

Trusts have been tasked with identifying other places, such as gyms and education centres, which could be converted to accommodate up to 4,000 patients if required.

NHS braces for potential wave

This is not a revival of the Nightingale hospitals set up at the height of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. 

Back then, large venues such as conference centres were pressed into service for an anticipated surge in seriously ill Covid patients. 

But they were little used as major hospitals preferred to hold on to staff to deal with Covid pressures rather than lend them to the Nightingales.

This time temporary structures will be set up in the grounds of hospitals so staff, equipment and emergency departments are close at hand. 

Only those patients who are close to being discharged and need minimal support will be cared for at these facilities. 

Creating extra surge capacity is a familiar policy in winter months. But this is on a much bigger scale. 

NHS England says its precautionary and the newly created structures may not be needed. 

But the fact they are doing it suggests that, while Omicron may not make people as seriously ill as Delta, the NHS is braced for significant numbers in a potentially major new wave of Covid admissions.

They will be staffed by a mix of consultants, nurses, and other clinical and non-clinical staff.

Mr Hopson said he “recognises that this will add further stretch to an already hard pressed NHS”. 

As well as the new Nightingale surge hubs, up to 4,800 people a day will receive support via hospice beds or hospice teams.

The NHS will also be increasing its use of virtual wards where patients are monitored via remote technology.

GPs also have access to pulse oximeters – devices that can read blood-oxygen levels, allowing Covid-19 patients to monitor at home. 

The network of emergency Nightingale hospitals set up in spring 2020 to cope with the first wave was closed down in April this year.

In England, seven Nightingale hospitals were built, starting with the 4,000-bed facility at London’s ExCel centre. Another was set up in Belfast, while Scotland and Wales had their own temporary hospitals.

Since the closures some sites were used as rehab centres and other sites were kept open for vaccinations.

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(EUROPE) #NYE #COVID19 Report: Countries are imposing restrictions on social life during the holiday season in response to a growing number of cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.30: Countries across Europe are imposing restrictions on social life during the holiday season in response to a growing number of #COVID19 cases.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday a series of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of #COVID19 These will come into force on January 3 and remain in place for at least three weeks as authorities fear hospitals could be overwhelmed by #Omicron-variant patients.

The maximum size of mass gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors, with a complete ban on standing concerts. A mask mandate will be reintroduced in city centers. Consumption of food and drinks in cinemas, theaters, and sports venues, and during long-distance travel on public transport, will not be allowed.

Companies that can allow employees to work remotely will have to do so for at least three days a week, the government said.

France stopped short of preemptively shutting down schools, which are set to reopen next Monday, but will evaluate whether such a measure might be necessary during a special meeting on Wednesday. In mid-January, parliament is set to vote on a bill to introduce a vaccination pass.

Covid wreaks havoc on holiday travel

Covid wreaks havoc on holiday travel

Greece likewise announced on Monday new rules for the January 3-16 period. The restrictions include a midnight curfew for bars and restaurants, a ban on serving standing customers, and a limit of six people per table, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said. People visiting public spaces or using mass transport will be required to wear high-protection masks.

The measures come on top of existing regulations, which banned Christmas and New Year festivities and prohibited unvaccinated people from visiting public venues.

In Germany, the restrictions announced last week came into force on Tuesday. They introduced a cap of 10 people for private gatherings, which are allowed only for the vaccinated and the recovered. If one or more people have no proof of immunity, only two households are allowed to mix.

There is also a ban on large public gatherings, including outdoor New Year celebrations in popular streets and squares. The authorities have banned all firework displays in restricted areas to discourage violators, under the threat of fines.

CDC unveils new Covid-19 quarantine guidance

CDC unveils new Covid-19 quarantine guidance

As he was announcing the regulations, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed that his government and the leaders of federal states had agreed to put them in place after Christmas because previous experience had shown that “Christmas and Easter haven’t been great drivers of infections.”

Spain’s northern region of Catalonia last week imposed a nightlife curfew, limited social gatherings to 10 people, and capped the capacity of many public venues to either 50% or 70%. The holiday measures, which are to remain in place until at least January 7, are more restrictive than in other parts of the country and caused mass protests in Barcelona on Christmas Eve.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez failed to convince regional leaders to have a unified set of measures beyond a mandate to wear masks outdoors. Contrasting Catalonia, the region of Madrid focused on ramping up testing.You can share this story on social media:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Christmas Travel ALERT Report: Holiday heartbreak for thousands as airlines pull flights #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: According to flight tracking firm FlightAware, 2,380 flights were called off and another 11,163 delayed globally on Christmas Eve. The figures for Christmas Day stood at 2,388 cancelations and 2,579 delays as of the afternoon. Another 747 flights scheduled for Sunday have been pulled as well.

#AceChristmasDesk says according to travel news real time tracker reports ……Airline companies have canceled more than 4,500 flights worldwide during the #Christmas weekend, citing staff shortages due to the rapid spread of the #COVID19 #Omicron variant. The move has sparked chaos at airports.

US airports accounted for more than a quarter of all cancelations, with United Airlines and Delta being among the worst hit. There were 688 flights pulled across the US on Friday, and a further 980 called off so far over the peak travel weekend.

The majority of the cancelations came from five airlines, with China Eastern forced to call off more than 1,200 journeys over the weekend. Meanwhile, Air China, United, Delta, Jet Blue, and Lion Air have reported large numbers of pulled flights, according to FlightAware’s real-time tracker.

FAA fears 5G could affect ‘wide range’ of aircraft systems

FAA fears 5G could affect ‘wide range’ of aircraft systems

“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,”United said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was “notifying impacted customers” and working to rebook them.

Delta also apologized to customers, noting that it had “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying.” The airline attributed the cancelations to both the Omicron variant and poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, German carrier Lufthansa told AP on Friday that it was canceling 12 transatlantic flights over the holiday period due to a “massive rise” in pilots calling in sick, and despite arranging for a “large buffer” of additional staff for the period.

The last-minute travel chaos added to the frustration for passengers looking to celebrate with their families over the holidays after pandemic precautions severely impacted Christmas in 2020. Airline social media feeds reflected this public anger, with several passengers weathering service delays to demand assistance and refunds.

@Delta HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Flight was canceled yesterday and I’ve been trying to get a refund since yesterday! Hours spent being sent from person to person only to be offered an ecredit!! I want my money back and the sky Miles I used to upgrade my flight— Sonny Wigginton (@SonnyW08) December 25, 2021

According to figures released by the American Automobile Association earlier this month, airlines were expected to see an 184% increase in traffic between December 23 and January 2 from 2020. The US Transportation Security Administration expected to screen nearly 30 million people between December 20 and January 3.You can share this story on social media:

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(BRUSSELS) #Coronavirus Report: Winter infections are soaring across amid the spread of #COVID19 variant #Omicron across Europe as countries desperately bid to slow transmission with the introduction of further restrictions #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.22: Denmark became the first EU country to lift its Covid restrictions three months ago, but the emergence of the new variant has seen Europe revert back to tougher rules as cases and hospitalisations are on the rise again.

#CoronaNewsDesk says according to Mail Online News Report: #COVID19 ‘s icy grip on Europe: Winter infections soar on the continent as Belgium rages with anti-lockdown riots, Holland enforces brutal new curbs and Germany bans tourists in desperate bid to slow the march of #Omicron

Winter infections are soaring across Europe amid the spread of Covid variant Omicron as countries desperately bid to slow transmission with the introduction of further restrictions

16:26, 20 December 2021: By Jamie Phillips For Mailonline

  • Winter infections are soaring across Europe amid the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant 
  • Denmark became first EU country to lift lockdown restrictions, but Europe now reintroducing tougher rules 
  • Thousands of protestors marched through Brussels and clashed with police over tighter restrictions
  • Holland has announced that all non-essential stores, bars and restaurants will be closed until January 14
  • Germany has also confirmed Britain has been added to its list of high-risk countries as a ‘virus variant area’ 

Published: 15:56, 19 December 2021 | 

The UK lifted its own lockdown restrictions earlier on July 19, but Health Secretary Sajid Javid today warned there are ‘no guarantees’ Christmas Day will go ahead without a lockdown as Boris Johnson desperately fends off alarming warnings from scientists.  

He admitted ‘everything is under review’ after SAGE delivered a grim assessment that the number of infections could reach two million by the end of the month without tougher restrictions – floating a ‘circuit breaker’ ban on households mixing and closure of non-essential shops.

It came as France barred UK holidaymakers from entering the country without a ‘compelling reason’ this week, while Germany added Britain to its list of high-risk countries.

Demonstrators voice opposition to the new vaccine pass and mandatory vaccine plans in France as European countries introduce tougher measures

Meanwhile, protestors clashed with police in the Brussels earlier this month amid demonstrations against the tightening of restrictions across the continent.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Dec.22: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON,D.C.) IMF REPORT: Global Crypto Regulation Should be Comprehensive, Consistent, and Coordinated #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.14: Crypto assets and associated products and services have grown rapidly in recent years. Furthermore, interlinkages with the regulated financial system are rising. Policymakers struggle to monitor risks from this evolving sector, in which many activities are unregulated. In fact, we think these financial stability risks could soon become systemic in some countries.

#AceDailyNews IMF Report: Uncoordinated regulatory measures may facilitate potentially destabilizing capital flows…..

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The IMF’s mandate is to safeguard the stability of the international monetary and financial system, and crypto assets are changing the system profoundly.

While the nearly $2.5 trillion market capitalization indicates significant economic value of the underlying technological innovations such as the blockchain, it might also reflect froth in an environment of stretched valuations. Indeed, early reactions to the #Omicron variant included a significant crypto selloff.

By Tobias AdrianDong He, and Aditya Narain

Financial system risks from crypto assets

Determining valuation is not the only challenge in the crypto ecosystem: identification, monitoring, and management of risks defy regulators and firms. These include, for example, operational and financial integrity risks from crypto asset exchanges and wallets, investor protection, and inadequate reserves and inaccurate disclosure for some stablecoins. Moreover, in emerging markets and developing economies, the advent of crypto can accelerate what we have called “cryptoization”—when these assets replace domestic currency, and circumvent exchange restrictions and capital account management measures.

Such risks underscore why we now need comprehensive international standards that more fully address risks to the financial system from crypto assets, their associated ecosystem, and their related transactions, while allowing for an enabling environment for useful crypto asset products and applications.

The Financial Stability Board, in its coordinating role, should develop a global framework comprising standards for regulation of crypto assets. The objective should be to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to managing risks to financial stability and market conduct that can be consistently applied across jurisdictions, while minimizing the potential for regulatory arbitrage, or moving activity to jurisdictions with easier requirements.

Crypto’s cross-sector and cross-border remit limits the effectiveness of national approaches. Countries are taking very different strategies, and existing laws and regulations may not allow for national approaches that comprehensively cover all elements of these assets. Importantly, many crypto service providers operate across borders, making the task for supervision and enforcement more difficult. Uncoordinated regulatory measures may facilitate potentially destabilizing capital flows.

Standard-setting bodies responsible for different products and markets have provided varying levels of guidance. For example, the Financial Action Task Force has issued guidance for a risk-based approach to mitigating financial integrity risks from virtual assets and their service providers. Actions by other standard-setting bodies range from broad principles for some types of crypto assets to rules for mitigating exposure risks of regulated entities and setting up information exchange networks. While useful, these efforts aren’t sufficiently coordinated towards a global framework for managing the risks to financial and market integrity, financial stability, and consumer and investor protection.

Making regulation work at the global level

The global regulatory framework should provide a level playing field along the activity and risk spectrum. We believe this should, for example, have the following three elements:

  • Crypto-asset service providers that deliver critical functions should be licensed or authorized. These would include storage, transfer, settlement, and custody of reserves and assets, among others, similar to existing rules for financial service providers. Licensing and authorization criteria should be clearly articulated, the responsible authorities clearly designated, and coordination mechanisms among them well defined.
  • Requirements should be tailored to the main use cases of crypto assets and stablecoins. For example, services and products for investments should have requirements similar to those of securities brokers and dealers, overseen by the securities regulator. Services and products for payments should have requirements similar to those of bank deposits, overseen by the central bank or the payments oversight authority. Regardless of the initial authority for approving crypto services and products, all overseers—from central banks to securities and banking regulators—need to coordinate to address the various risks arising from different and changing uses.
  • Authorities should provide clear requirements on regulated financial institutions concerning their exposure to and engagement with crypto. For example, the appropriate banking, securities, insurance, and pension regulators should stipulate the capital and liquidity requirements and limits on exposure to different types of these assets, and require investor suitability and risk assessments. If the regulated entities provide custody services, requirements should be clarified to address the risks arising from those functions.

Some emerging markets and developing economies face more immediate and acute risks of currency substitution through crypto assets, the so-called cryptoization. Capital flow management measures will need to be fine-tuned in the face of cryptoization. This is because applying established regulatory tools to manage capital flows may be more challenging when value is transmitted through new instruments, new channels and new service providers that are not regulated entities.

There is an urgent need for cross-border collaboration and cooperation to address the technological, legal, regulatory, and supervisory challenges. Setting up a comprehensive, consistent, and coordinated regulatory approach to crypto is a daunting task. But if we start now, we can achieve the policy goal of maintaining financial stability while benefiting from the benefits that the underlying technological innovations bring.

Crypto assets are potentially changing the international monetary and financial system in profound ways. The IMF has developed a strategy in order to continue to deliver on its mandate in the digital age. The Fund will work closely with the Financial Stability Board and other members of the international regulatory community to develop an effective regulatory approach to crypto assets.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.14: 2021:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: PM together with the #NHS, on Sunday 12 December] launched an urgent national appeal calling for people to get jabbed, as he outlined plans to significantly increase vaccination capacity #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.13: It comes as the UK Chief Medical Officers have today increased the UK #COVID19 Alert Level from Level 3 to Level 4 due to a rapid increase in cases of the #Omicron variant.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk GOVUK & #NHS ALERT RAISED TO LEVEL 4 with ALL Nations in agreement with lATEST Urgent #Omicron appeal: Get boosted now as Prime Minister and NHS turbocharge booster programme against Omicron and launch an urgent national appeal calling for people to get jabbed according

Bookings through the National Booking System will be prioritised at most sites unless it is a pop up or walk-in only site. The National Booking System will now be stood up for over 18s and will take a short time to operationalise. From tomorrow adults over 30 will be able to book online, and all over 18s from Wednesday.

  • Prime Minister and NHS turbocharge booster programme against Omicron and launch an urgent national appeal calling for people to get jabbed
  • Latest data shows booster is needed to protect ourselves and the NHS against the variant
  • Prime Minister: “A tidal wave of Omicron is coming. Get Boosted Now.”
  • UK Chief Medical Officers raise UK Covid Alert Level from Level 3 to Level 4
  • All adults in England to be offered a booster jab by the end of the year. Devolved administrations also agree to accelerate vaccinations.

The latest data suggests Omicron is extremely transmissible and will become the dominant variant by mid-December. Cases are now doubling every 2 to 3 days.

Data published on Friday suggests that vaccine efficacy against symptomatic infection is substantially reduced against Omicron with just two doses, but a third dose boosts protection back up to over 70%.

It is too early to draw firm conclusions about whether the Omicron variant is as virulent as Delta but even if it is more mild, a slight fall in vaccine efficacy can lead to a substantial increase in hospitalisations. Hospitalisations in South Africa have doubled in a week and are expected to rise in the UK over the next 2 weeks.

The extent of transmissibility, coupled with reduced protection after two doses and the raising of the alert level by the UK CMOs, means the Prime Minister and NHS England are today launching an urgent national Omicron appeal for the public to Get Boosted Now.

The government and NHS will rise to the challenge, working flat out to deliver jabs, save lives and ensure the NHS is not overwhelmed this winter with an influx of Omicron cases.

The vaccination programme is already delivering hundreds of thousands of boosters every day, with over 530,000 jabs in arms on Saturday alone, while catching up on elective surgeries and appointments and delivering all urgent care.

All adults will now be offered a booster jab by the New Year, bringing the target forward by one month.

Some walk-in appointments will be available from tomorrow for over 18s, dependent on location. If there are long queues or all slots have been booked, people are encouraged to be patient and keep trying, or book online.

To deliver the ramped-up vaccination programme, NHS staff will need to be redeployed away from non-urgent services. This means that all primary care services will now focus on urgent clinical need and vaccines, and some non-urgent appointments and elective surgeries may be postponed until the New Year while every adult in the country is jabbed. Without the added protection from this third dose, NHS beds will quickly fill up and the long term damage to the economy and the NHS efforts to bring down the backlog will be even greater.

The NHS will be given everything it needs to get jabs in arms as the UK responds to the Omicron variant.

The Prime Minister has today set out that the NHS will be given everything it needs to boost jabbing capacity, which will include:

  • New vaccination sites set up across the country, including mobile pop up sites
  • Increasing opening times for vaccination sites, to 7 days a week with more appointments early in the morning, in the evening and at weekends
  • 50 military planning experts will help coordinate the national effort by supporting the NHS with logistics of the rollout
  • Reprioritising the NHS workforce to deliver as many jabs as possible
  • A national call for thousands more NHS volunteers

If Omicron is left unchecked the NHS is at risk of being quickly overwhelmed. This week the Prime Minister confirmed the move to Plan B for England following its rapid spread.

Face coverings are now compulsory in most public indoor venues, people are asked to work from home if they can from tomorrow, and from Wednesday 15 December negative lateral flow tests will be needed to enter nightclubs and large events, except for those who are double vaccinated and subject to approval from Parliament.

Every adult in the country is now being urged to book their jab as soon as possible. The vaccination programme is open to everyone, and first and second doses remain available.

The government will continue to work closely with the devolved administrations on the booster rollout, and there will be Barnett consequentials for any new funding.

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(LONDON) JCVI REPORT: Advice on #COVID19 booster vaccines for those aged 18 to 39 and a second dose for ages 12 to 15 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.30: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) previously advised that those aged over 40 years and those at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be offered a booster. This new JCVIadvice means those aged 18 to 39 will also be eligible for a booster when the NHS calls them forward.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk report that due to the emergence of the #Omicron variant, including confirmed cases in the UK, JCVI has urgently reviewed vaccine response measures according to

The booster will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. In response to the changing risk posed by the Omicron variant, the booster will now be given no sooner than 3 months after the primary course.

In addition, a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (30 microgram) for young people aged 12 to 15 years is advised no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose.

The overall intention of the measures advised above is to accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and raise levels of protection across the population.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair, COVID-19 immunisation, JCVI said:

Having a booster dose of the vaccine will help to increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant. This is an important way for us to reduce the impact of this variant on our lives, especially in the coming months.

If you are eligible for a booster, please take up the offer and keep yourself protected as we head into winter.

Both the Moderna (50 microgram) and Pfizer-BioNTech (30 microgram) vaccines have been shown to substantially increase antibody levels when offered as a booster dose and should be used with equal preference in the COVID-19 booster programme.

Continued efforts will be made to offer COVID-19 vaccination (first, second and booster doses) to adults who have yet to receive any COVID-19 vaccinations.

JCVI will continue to review the programme and consider further evidence to ensure that health benefits are maximised alongside the rapidly evolving data on the Omicron variant.

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(LONDON) UKHSA REPORT: Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in the UK Oct.01 – Nov.28: Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.30: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has identified 2 further cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529 in England, in addition to the previous 3 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant known as B.1.1.529 on 27 and 28 November. The total number of confirmed cases in England is now 5.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk reports on #COVID19 variants identified in the UK: Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in the UK according to

Latest update

A further 2 cases of Omicron variant confirmed

The individuals that have tested positive are not connected to each other and are not linked to the previously confirmed cases. Both have links to travel to Southern Africa. One case is located in Camden, London, and one case is located in Wandsworth, London. The individuals and their households have been told to self-isolate. UKHSA is carrying out targeted testing at locations where the positive cases were likely to be infectious.

Six cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant known as B.1.1.529 have also been identified in Scotland, with 4 cases in the Lanarkshire area and 2 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said:

We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

Vaccination is critical to help us bolster our defences against this new variant – please get your first, second or booster jab without delay.

The guidance on vaccination is changing to help all of us bolster our defences in the face of this new variant. Everyone should complete a primary course as soon as possible – for most this will be a first and second dose. For some more vulnerable a third dose is available.

Following the change in JCVI advice today, a booster dose for everyone over 18 years is now recommended and will be available at a minimum of 3 months from your last primary course jab. Please take up this offer as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your families and your communities.

It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing. That’s why it’s critical that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.

UKHSA is acting to get scientific information available as quickly as possible in order to inform the right balance of interventions to prevent transmission and protect lives. This will include analysing live samples of the new variant in our laboratories to investigate properties such as response to current vaccines.

As viruses mutate often and at random, it is not unusual for small numbers of cases to arise featuring new sets of mutations. Any variants showing evidence of spread are rapidly assessed.

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Sunday 28 November 2021

A further case of Omicron variant confirmed

Following the first 2 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant known as B.1.1.529 on 27 November, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has identified one further case of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529 in the UK.

The individual tested positive after travel to the UK and is linked to travel to Southern Africa. The individual is no longer in the UK, but UKHSA is carrying out targeted testing at locations where the positive case visited when they were likely to have been infectious. While in the UK, the individual was in Westminster, London.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said:

Our advanced sequencing capabilities enable us to find variants and take rapid action to limit onward spread. It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focussed contact tracing.

We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

It’s critical that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately.

Vaccination is critical to help us bolster our defences against this new variant – please get your first, second or booster jab without delay. Wear a mask in crowded places, including public transport and shops, to ensure we all help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.

UKHSA designated variant B.1.1.529 as a variant under investigation (VUI) on Thursday 25 November.  It was designated a variant of concern (VOC) on Saturday 27 November.

The B.1.1.529 variant includes a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility.

UKHSA, in partnership with scientific bodies across the globe, is constantly monitoring the status of SARS-CoV-2 variants as they emerge and develop worldwide. We are particularly grateful to health protection specialists and the government of South Africa for early sharing of local information on the omicron variant in an exemplary way to support global health security.

UKHSA is acting to get scientific information available as quickly as possible in order to inform the right balance of interventions to prevent transmission and protect lives. This will include analysing live samples of the new variant in our laboratories to investigate properties such as response to current vaccines.

As viruses mutate often and at random, it is not unusual for small numbers of cases to arise featuring new sets of mutations. Any variants showing evidence of spread are rapidly assessed.

Friday 26 November 2021

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variant known as B.1.1.529 as a variant under investigation (VUI).

The first genomes of this variant were uploaded to the international GISAID database on 22 November. Genomes have now been uploaded from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong but the extent of spread is not yet determined. No cases have been identified in the UK.

B.1.1.529 has a large number of mutations in the gene coding for the spike protein, and also in other parts of the viral genome.  These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to immune escape, transmissibility or susceptibility to treatments, but this has not been proven. More investigation is required to fully determine the extent of these mutations’ impact.

UKHSA is monitoring the situation closely, in partnership with scientific and public health organisations across the world.

UKHSA’s most recent variant technical briefing can be found on GOV.UK.

Friday 22 October 2021

Delta sub-lineage AY.4.2 designated as a variant under investigation by UK Health Security Agency

The Delta variant sub-lineage known as Delta AY.4.2 was designated a variant under investigation (VUI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on 20 October 2021 and has been given the official name VUI-21OCT-01.

The designation was made on the basis that this sub-lineage has become increasingly common in the UK in recent months, and there is some early evidence that it may have an increased growth rate in the UK compared to Delta. More evidence is needed to know whether this is due to changes in the virus’ behaviour or to epidemiological conditions.

The genome of VUI-21OCT-01 does not have many mutations compared to Delta. However, a small change may be enough to cause a difference in the virus properties in some circumstances. UKHSA is monitoring this closely.

The original Delta variant remains overwhelmingly dominant in the UK, making up approximately 99.8% of all cases. As of 20 October, there were 15,120 cases of VUI-21OCT-01 confirmed by whole genome sequences in England since it was first detected in July. In the last week, VUI-21OCT-01 accounted for approximately 6% of all Delta cases. Cases have been confirmed through whole genome sequencing in all 9 regions of England.

While evidence is still emerging, so far it does not appear this variant causes more severe disease or renders the vaccines currently deployed any less effective. As is routine for any new variants under investigation, UKHSA is carrying out laboratory and epidemiological investigations to better understand the properties of this variant.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said:

Viruses mutate often and at random, and it is not unexpected that new variants will continue to arise as the pandemic goes on, particularly while the case rate remains high. It is testament to the diligence and scientific expertise of my colleagues at UKHSA, and the genomic sequencing capacity developed through the pandemic, that this new variant has been identified and analysed so quickly. However, it should serve as objective evidence that this pandemic is not over.

The public health advice is the same for all current variants. Get vaccinated and, for those eligible, come forward for your third or booster dose as appropriate as soon as you are called. Continue to exercise caution. Wear a mask in crowded spaces and, when meeting people indoors, open windows and doors to ventilate the room. If you have symptoms take a PCR test and isolate at home until you receive a negative result.

UKHSA continues to examine all available data relating to SARS-CoV-2 variants in the UK and abroad. We constantly assess the genetic diversity within the known variants of concern (VOCs) to inform our ongoing public health response to the pandemic. New sub-lineages within Delta continue to be identified. This is to be expected and UKHSA is monitoring the situation closely.

Friday 1 October 2021

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published variant technical briefing 24.

UKHSA releases weekly updates on the number of confirmed new cases of variants of concern and variants under investigation identified in the UK.

Previous updates were published by Public Health England

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(GENEVA) WHO REPORT: The pharmaceutical giants have announced work to develop a vaccine that will prevent complications from a new dangerous strain of #coronavirus, #Omicron #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.29: Pfizer & BioNTech is ready to adapt an existing vaccine from coronavirus to a new strain. The company is waiting for a large amount of laboratory test data no later than two weeks to confirm that the strain requires adjustments to the vaccine production technology.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna develop vaccines against new dangerous #COVID19 strain “OMICRON” PCR test does not detect any of the genes of the new strain: This was reported by CNBC .

The Johnson & Johnson; and AstraZeneca is already conducting research at the sites of the first Omicron outbreaks.

Moderna said Friday that the combination of mutations in the new strain “has a significant potential risk of accelerating the weakening of natural and vaccine-induced immunity.”

The company explained that the only way to somehow protect themselves from the risks of “omicron” while there is a third booster dose of injection. The Moderna study will involve volunteers who have received the third dose of the vaccine.

WHO says a new strain of #coronavirus #Omicron and what is known

The new strain has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern to the WHO. It was first reported by the World Health Organization in South Africa on November 24.

https://www.who.int/

Preliminary data collected by experts indicate an increased risk of re-infection with this option compared to others. The number of cases of this option is increasing in almost all provinces of South Africa.

PCR test does not detect any of the genes of the new strain.

Omicron may make vaccines less effective and more transmissible, according to the UK Health Agency.

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(NETHERLANDS) #Coronavirus Report: That 13 #OMICRON cases found from South Africa flight as country’s health officials continue testing 61-people found positive with #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.29: There were 61 positive #COVID19 cases on a flight from South Africa which landed on Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, with 13 of them contracting the new variant.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to the Dutch public health institute said in a statement that testing was continuing on the samples of 61 people who tested positive for #COVID19 after arriving from South Africa: The Dutch public health authority said on Sunday that 13 people in the Netherlands have so far tested positive for the new coronavirus variant….

New COVID-19-Variante Omicron

The people who tested positive are being kept in isolation at a hotel near the airport.

“In our (virus) sequencing investigation, which is still ongoing, we have so far found 13 cases of the Omicron variant among the positive (passenger COVID-19) tests,” the National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in a statement.

‘Urgent request’ to get tested

Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge made an “urgent request” to people returning from southern Africa to get tested “as soon as possible.”

“It is not unthinkable that there are more cases in the Netherlands,” De Jonge told reporters.”We are concerned.”

“What is important now is that we keep our finger on the pulse, and keep up with the sequencing,” he added.

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(GENEVA) WHO #Coronavirus Report: Classification of #Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.29: The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The epidemiological situation in South Africa has been characterized by three distinct peaks in reported cases, the latest of which was predominantly the Delta variant. In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021.

The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus.

26 November 2021 

The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529.

This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa. Current SARS-CoV-2 PCR diagnostics continue to detect this variant. Several labs have indicated that for one widely used PCR test, one of the three target genes is not detected (called S gene dropout or S gene target failure) and this test can therefore be used as marker for this variant, pending sequencing confirmation. Using this approach, this variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.

There are a number of studies underway and the TAG-VE will continue to evaluate this variant. WHO will communicate new findings with Member States and to the public as needed.

Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be designated as a VOC, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a VOC, named Omicron. 

As such, countries are asked to do the following:

  • enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts to better understand circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants.
  • submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database, such as GISAID. 
  • report initial cases/clusters associated with VOC infection to WHO through the IHR mechanism. 
  • where capacity exists and in coordination with the international community, perform field investigations and laboratory assessments to improve understanding of the potential impacts of the VOC on COVID-19 epidemiology, severity, effectiveness of public health and social measures, diagnostic methods, immune responses, antibody neutralization, or other relevant characteristics.

Individuals are reminded to take measures to reduce their risk of COVID-19, including proven public health and social measures such as wearing well-fitting masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improving ventilation of indoor spaces, avoiding crowded spaces, and getting vaccinated.

For reference, WHO has working definitions for SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Interest (VOI) and Variant of Concern (VOC). 

A SARS-CoV-2 VOI is a SARS-CoV-2 variant:

  • with genetic changes that are predicted or known to affect virus characteristics such as transmissibility, disease severity, immune escape, diagnostic or therapeutic escape; AND 
  • that has been identified as causing significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters, in multiple countries with increasing relative prevalence alongside increasing number of cases over time, or other apparent epidemiological impacts to suggest an emerging risk to global public health.  

A SARS-CoV-2 VOC is a SARS-CoV-2 variant that meets the definition of a VOI (see above) and, through a comparative assessment, has been demonstrated to be associated with one or more of the following changes at a degree of global public health significance:

  • increase in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology; OR
  • increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation; OR
  • decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: Six African countries added to ‘RED LIST’ to protect public health as UK designates new #COVID19 variant under investigation #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: The government is taking decisive precautionary action against a new #COVID19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday tomorrow (Friday 26 November).

#CoronavirusNewsDesk GOVUK Travel Report: That a new precautionary travel restrictions are being introduced as from midday today as the UK Health Security Agency confirms a new variant under investigation according to news release from

  • From midday Friday 26 November, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia will be added to the UK’s travel red list
  • Passengers arriving from 4am Sunday in England will be required to book and pay for a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days
  • British nationals arriving from these six countries between midday Friday and 4am Sunday, and who have been in these countries within the last 10 days, must quarantine at home for 10 days and take NHS PCR tests on day 2 and day 8, even if they already have a lateral flow test booking
  • Direct flights from the 6 countries will be banned from midday Friday until hotel quarantine is up and running from 4am Sunday 28 November
  • Precautionary move follows designation of a new variant under investigation by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a variant under investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

The variant includes a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility. More investigation is required.

No cases have been identified in the UK. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect public health and the progress we’ve made so far through our successful vaccination programme.

From midday on Friday 26 November, non-UK and Irish residents who have been in these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. This does not apply to those who have stayed airside and only transited through any of these countries while changing flights.

UK and Irish residents arriving between midday Friday 26 November and 4am Sunday 28 November from these six countries will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days. They must take PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8 post-arrival. These can be NHS PCR tests and passengers should take them even if they have already booked or taken their lateral flow test.

UK and Irish residents arriving from 4am Sunday must isolate in a government-approved facility for 10 days. During their stay, they will be required to take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8.

A temporary ban on commercial and private planes travelling from the six countries will also come into force at midday on Friday until 4am Sunday to reduce the risk of importing this new variant under investigation while hotel quarantine is stood up. This excludes cargo and freight without passengers.

The UK government thanks the government of South Africa for its surveillance of this variant and its transparency.

Meanwhile UKHSA continues to monitor the situation closely, in partnership with scientific and public health organisations across the world, and we will offer to work collaboratively with the 6 countries that have been currently placed on the UK red list to understand the virus and possible mitigations.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, said:

As part of our close surveillance of variants across the world, we have become aware of the spread of a new potentially concerning variant, which UKHSA has designated a variant under investigation.

We are taking precautionary action to protect public health and the progress of our vaccine rollout at a critical moment as we enter winter, and we are monitoring the situation closely.

I want to pay tribute to our world-leading scientists who are working constantly to keep our country safe, and I urge everyone to keep doing their bit by the getting the jab and following public health guidance.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:

We’ve always maintained public safety is our number one priority, which is why we’ve kept in place measures which allow us to protect the UK from new variants.

We’re taking this early precautionary action now to protect the progress made across the country, and will continue to keep a close eye on the situation as we continue into the winter.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive, said:

Scientists at UKHSA are in constant close collaboration with colleagues around the world to identify and assess variants as soon as they emerge. This is the most significant variant we have encountered to date and urgent research is underway to learn more about its transmissibility, severity and vaccine-susceptibility. The results of these investigations will determine what public health actions may limit the impact of B.1.1.529.

This is a clear reminder to everyone that this pandemic is not over, and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to limit transmission and reduce the infection rate and prevent the emergence of new variants. This means coming forward for vaccination as soon as possible and following public health advice. Wear a face covering in crowded places where it’s difficult to avoid coming into close contact with others, try to meet people in well-ventilated areas and seek a test immediately if you have symptoms.

The first genomes of this variant were uploaded to the international GISAID database on 22 November. Genomes have now been uploaded from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong but the extent of spread is not yet determined.

The government has been clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus and has taken the decision to add these destinations to the red list.

We continue to work with the hospitality sector to ensure it is ready to meet any increased demand – with hundreds of rooms on standby which can be made available to book as needed.

British nationals in these countries should check Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and follow local guidance. The FCDO will continue to offer tailored consular assistance to British nationals in country in need of support overseas on a 24/7 basis.

The UKHSA produces risk assessments of the spread of variants of concern or variants under investigation internationally. These risk assessments cover a range of factors for each country including assessment of surveillance and sequencing capability, available surveillance and genome sequencing data, evidence of in-country community transmission of COVID-19 variants, evidence of exportation of new variants to the UK or other countries and travel connectivity with the UK.

Background

  • British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights, arriving to England from countries on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel in advance. The quarantine package will include a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and a travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. Read more about booking and staying in a quarantine hotel
  • Further information on international travel requirements can be found elsewhere on GOV.UK, including advice on transiting through red list countries.
  • Arrivals to the UK will need to meet the UK’s health and border requirements and comply with the relevant quarantine restrictions if coming from a red country or if not fully vaccinated. If you do not have the correct documentation ready to meet UK health and border requirements, you may delay yourself and others, be denied boarding, or face a fine.
  • Passengers arriving after 4am Sunday 28 November will be required to book a managed quarantine service (MQS) quarantine hotel. Bookings will open from midday Friday 26 November.

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