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Thursday, 9 December 2021

UK imposes tighter restrictions to curb Omicron spread

The Health Ministry reported 909 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 882 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 365,831 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 56 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 20,877.

Boris rolls out stricter covid restrictions as Omicron spreads: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided yesterday to begin implementing tighter covid-19 restrictions, known as “Plan B,” across the UK “following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.” As of tomorrow, face masks will be mandatory in most indoor spaces, while proof of vaccination through a vaccine passport could become mandatory to enter nightclubs and other venues for large gatherings. The prime minister also ordered a shift to working from home for all those who are able.

Johnson’s directives come after British scientific advisers signaled that Omicron cases are doubling every three days, with one scientist saying that travel restrictions will soon be useless due to the increasing number of cases, The Times wrote. Experts believe that the new variant will soon dethrone its Delta counterpart and become the dominant covid strain in the country.

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