The German government has added the UK to the list of countries and regions where COVID-19 mutations are widespread since December 20 due to the “omicron” strain of the coronavirus.
This was reported by the Robert Cox Institute, which specializes in virology (under the Ministry of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany – ed.).
In practice, the inclusion of mutations in the list of distribution zones leads to significant travel restrictions. Everyone who comes to Germany from the UK, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or sick, will have to go on quarantine for 14 days.
Now the list of such countries includes some African countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, South Africa. The UK will be added to the list on Monday.
It should be noted that 24.9 thousand cases of “omicron” strain have been detected in the UK. 10,000 of them were registered in the last 24 hours. One death from this variant of the coronavirus is also known. The UK’s Health Safety Agency says about 83% of new coronavirus infections in London come from the omicron strain.
The Cox Institute this week expressed concern that the spread of the omicron strain threatened to aggravate the situation with the coronavirus in Germany.