UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a property league aft cases of the caller COVID-19 variant were confirmed successful the United Kingdom successful London connected Nov. 27, 2021. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected the Scottish and Welsh governments’ telephone for a further toughening of question restrictions pursuing the find of cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant successful the UK.
Five cases of the caller variant person been detected successful England, and six cases person been identified successful Scotland.
The UK authorities has enactment successful spot caller question restrictions, requiring passengers coming into the UK to bash a PCR trial 2 days aft arrival.
But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford wrote to the premier minister, calling for radical coming into the UK from overseas to beryllium required to self-isolate for 8 days and past bash a 2nd PCR test.
“Public wellness proposal is unequivocal that this is the champion and safest mode to support against the importation of this variant to the fullest grade possible,” they said.
But Downing Street rejected the proposal, saying that it would harm the question industry.
The premier minister’s authoritative spokesperson said: “We judge that the attack we’ve taken is the proportionate 1 to the grounds that we presently person disposable astir this variant. Introducing further isolation requirements and investigating requirements would person a detrimental effect connected the question manufacture and so those who are readying to spell travelling.”
Downing Street besides rejected calls from Sturgeon and Drakeford for an urgent gathering with each devolved administrations connected the handling of the Omicron variant.
The Scottish and Welsh leaders said the UK exigency committee (COBRA) gathering with the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish section governments is needed to sermon a associated attack to issues specified arsenic borderline restrictions.
But Johnson’s authoritative spokesperson said: “We would corroborate immoderate plans for a COBRA gathering successful the mean way. Currently, determination isn’t 1 scheduled. We evidently talk to our devolved medication counterparts precise regularly and we volition proceed to coordinate our effect with them.”
The spokesperson said that the authorities believes that it has adopted a “measured and proportionate approach” based connected the disposable evidence.
“It appears apt but not definite this variant is much transmissible than erstwhile variants, but we don’t person immoderate hard grounds and so nary 1 has immoderate hard grounds connected its interaction connected things similar hospitalisations and deaths and individuals that are vaccinated,” helium said.
PA contributed to this report.