London: A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in the United Kingdom, bringing the total to 246, according to British health authorities on Sunday (December 5, 2021).
According to the UK Health Security Agency, this compares to a total of 160 on Saturday, a more than 50 percent increase (UKHSA). According to official figures released on Sunday, Britain registered 43,992 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,464,389 cases.
A further 54 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported in the country. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United Kingdom has now reached 145,605. These statistics only include people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
The latest data came as British Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that beginning at 0400 GMT on Tuesday, all international arrivals to the UK, including children over the age of 12, will be required to take a pre-departure test. He went on to say that they could only be taken up to 48 hours before departure.
Furthermore, as of 0400 GMT on Monday, December 6, Nigeria will be on the red travel list. It joins several southern African countries that were added to the list after the Omicron variant was discovered late last month.
When asked about the new travel rules, professor Mark Woolhouse, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), told the BBC, “I think it’s too late to make a material difference to the course of the Omicron wave if we’re going to have one.”
According to the most recent figures, more than 88 percent of people aged 12 and over in the United Kingdom have received their first dose of vaccine, and nearly 81 percent have received both doses. More than 35% have had booster shots or the third dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
To restore normalcy, countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Russia, and the United States have been racing against the clock to distribute coronavirus vaccines.