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  1. Published on: 27/11/2021 05:22 PMReported by: editor
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    Downing Street press conference at 5pm today, Saturday 27th November, was held after the first cases of the Omicron variant being identified in the UK today.

    New covid measures are being introduced:

    ALL international travellers arriving in the UK will have to have a PCR test on day two AND to self isolate until a negative result is confirmed.

    All close contacts of confirmed Omicron cases must self isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status.

    Face coverings to be brought back for shops and public transport.

    Boost to the booster roll out to more people

    These measures will be reviewed in three weeks time.

    In case you missed it, the Prime Ministers statement today

    Good afternoon.

    The UK’s plan against Covid has been working.

    We’ve had the fastest vaccine roll-out in Europe, and now the fastest booster campaign in Europe, with almost 16.8 million boosters in people’s arms, and though case numbers have remained relatively high, we’re seen falling hospitalisations and falling numbers of deaths.

    But on Wednesday we received news of a new variant - the so-called Omicron Variant - I want to express my deep gratitude to scientists in South Africa who identified this new variant and shared this information widely and immediately.

    This variant is spreading around the world, with 2 cases so far identified here in the UK.

    As always, and I must stress this, as always with a new variant, there are many things that we just cannot know at this early stage.

    But our scientists are learning more hour by hour, and it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly, and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.

    There is also a very extensive mutation which means it diverges quite significantly from previous configurations of the virus, and as result, it might - at least in part - reduce the protection of our vaccines over time.

    So we need to take targeted and proportionate measures now as a precaution while we find out more.

    First, we need to slow down the seeding of this variant in our country.

    We need to buy time for our scientists to understand exactly what we are dealing with.

    And for us to get more people vaccinated and - above all - to get more people boosted.

    As well as to help our NHS prepare in what is an already challenging winter.

    So yesterday we took steps to protect the UK against the variant coming here from southern African countries – and earlier today added four more countries to the red list.

    But we now need to go further and implement a proportionate testing regime for arrivals from across the whole world.

    So we are not going to stop people travelling, I want to stress that, we’re not going to stop people travelling, but we will require anyone who enters the UK to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival, and to self-isolate until they have a negative result.

    Second, we need to slow down the spread of this variant here in the UK.

    Because measures at the border can only ever minimise and delay the arrival of a new variant, rather than stop it altogether.

    So in addition to the measures we are already taking to locate those who have been in countries of concern over the last ten days, we will require all contacts of those who test positive - with a suspected case of Omicron - to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of your vaccination status.

    We will also go further in asking all of you to help contain the spread of this variant, by tightening up the rules on face coverings in shops and on public transport.

    And third - and most importantly - we need to bolster our protections against this new variant.

    We don’t yet exactly know how effective our vaccines will be against Omicron, but we have good reasons for believing they will provide at least some measure of protection.

    And if you are boosted – your response is likely to be stronger.

    So it’s more vital than ever that people get their jabs, and we get those boosters into arms as fast as possible.

    So from today we are going to boost the booster campaign.

    We are already planning to do 6 million jabs in England alone over the next three weeks.

    And now we are looking to go further, so the Health Secretary has asked the JCVI to consider giving boosters to as wide a group as possible, as well as reducing the gap between your second dose and your booster.

    And, of course, we are speaking to our counterparts in the Devolved Administrations and will continue to coordinate with them.

    The measures that we are taking today - including on our borders and face masks - are temporary and precautionary, and we will review them in three weeks.

    At that point we should have much greater information about the continuing effectiveness of our vaccines.

    I very much hope that we will find that we continue to be in a strong position, and we can lift these measures again.

    But right now this is the responsible course of action, to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant, and to maximise our defences so we protect the gains we have worked so hard for and so that we can continue to save lives.

    Thank you.

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  3. roving-eye says:27/11/2021 05:49 PM
    Anagram of Omicron is MORONIC, sums it up really

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  5. editor says:27/11/2021 05:54 PM
    Meanwhile Johannesburg Airport departure board just now

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  6. editor says:27/11/2021 05:59 PM
    Cape Town Airport departures just now

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  7. TowerAndSteeple says:27/11/2021 06:59 PM
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    So what's your point? That all flights from South Africa should stop? How about British nationals on holiday there - do they just have to stay there for months and months at their own expense? I wonder also whether you were posting the departures from Heathrow a year ago when the Kent variant (which originated in this country) was raging out of control and we were exporting it all over the world...

  8. said says:27/11/2021 07:13 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by TowerAndSteeple View Post
    So what's your point? That all flights from South Africa should stop? How about British nationals on holiday there - do they just have to stay there for months and months at their own expense? I wonder also whether you were posting the departures from Heathrow a year ago when the Kent variant (which originated in this country) was raging out of control and we were exporting it all over the world...

    One day the penny will drop! Needless to say that there are new pills being distributed for this moronic variant - and that they have brought into line the African nations.

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  10. MICK/GILLY says:28/11/2021 01:39 PM
    This is a story for the conspiracy thread, another one that came true .

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  12. donkey22 says:29/11/2021 01:04 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by MICK/GILLY View Post
    This is a story for the conspiracy thread, another one that came true .
    You can add it to the list of other ridiculous conspiracy theories that you believe in.

    Quote Originally Posted by MICK/GILLY View Post
    In the red zone I think there might be a new world order. The illuminati, such a thing as Adrenochrome, subliminal messages on childrens tv, and movies, the faked moon landing and Obama’s birth certificate.

    In the yellow zone I know jet fuel cant burn anywhere near the temperature to melt steel beams and ALL the evidence from a host of experts from pilots, surveyors, firefighters, and demolition experts to be found on 911truth.Org make a good case for a false flag and if you add WTC7 to that then it becomes pretty obvious but who ya gonna tell. Governments DO make diseases and covid 19 was probably made in a lab and patented, I don’t think global warmings a hoax it just has been happening before time existed and will probably go on until time ceases. There are such things as anti vaxxers usually they are the few that have the ability to think independently or medical professionals that have experience and doubts.
    In the pink zone I have heard Paul McCartney died and was replaced but I don’t know what to make of that, alien abductions are a possibility and Stonehenge is a mystery.
    In the blue zone it’s obvious jfk was killed if you listen to his last speech, something is going on with Denver airport, roswell and Area 51 and probably other places that we don’t know about and never will, I believe in life elsewhere and find it highly likely given the millions of reports of UFOs over the years and technology of the ancients that we have been visited many times but still don’t understand why UFOs would have headlights. Of course princess Diana was murdered we all knew at the time that Charles would re marry camilla and things would be like they are today and Epstein’s dead one way or the other so believe what you want there.

    The green zone I have never heard of cointelpro, nayirah or tuskegee but everything else yea.

    Also I have said before I don’t know everything and could be wrong ha.:wave

  13. MICK/GILLY says:29/11/2021 12:08 PM
    Yea and you can get your third booster to boost your booster and still get no promise of immunity , and then get covid .

  14. donkey22 says:29/11/2021 01:28 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by MICK/GILLY View Post
    Yea and you can get your third booster to boost your booster and still get no promise of immunity , and then get covid .
    No, but your a lot less likely to end up dead in a hospital bed.
    You carry on wearing your tin foil hat. I’m sure it offers you far superior protection.

  15. MICK/GILLY says:29/11/2021 02:35 PM
    You are right I am, and it does. I am the fool that’s putting untested stuff into my veins that offers who knows what protection if any and two doses and two boosters still won’t guarantee you don’t get covid as they are basically guessing at your expense. They tell you that you COULD BE less LIKELY to get covid or MAY get it lighter and that phrase just means they are guessing, if you believe the statistics and our make it up as they go along government still then good luck to you. Since you have had all the shots you better keep going with them in case you are right at great risk to yourself so good luck with that no need to worry, even the most hardened drug addicts study what they are putting into their veins … you should know that , the next booster is a red one made by Tizer.


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