UK Parliament has endorsed new safety measures for the Omicron variant and from Tuesday 30 December face masks will, once again, be compulsory in shops and on public transport in England. They also announced the reintroduction of PCR testing for UK arrivals.
It is reported that these measures will be reviewed in three weeks.
Last week South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola were added to the travel red list.
People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose and all young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their second vaccine dose from 12 weeks after their first one. All young people aged 12 to 15 can now get their first vaccine dose.