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Omikron: Contact restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Sunday, 12/26/2021 3:17 PM from

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EDINBURGH / CARDIFF (dpa-AFX) – Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, stricter contact restrictions came into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Boxing Day. In Wales only six people are allowed to meet in pubs and restaurants, in Scotland larger events are only allowed at a distance and a few hundred spectators.

From Monday, the Scots will only be allowed to meet in groups of a maximum of three households, in Northern Ireland meetings are also limited to a few people. The omicron variant, which has long been dominant in Scotland and England, has seen the number of cases skyrocket across the country. An overload of the health system and staff shortages in important occupations are expected.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who determines the corona policy for the largest British part of England, is afraid to introduce stricter measures despite record numbers of new infections. This is also due to the fact that he is under great pressure from backbenchers of his own party, who resolutely reject Corona measures. A meeting of the key ministers is not expected before Monday./swe/DP/he

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