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A man dressed as Santa Claus gestures as people pass by in London on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Britain has said it will offer all adults a booster dose of the vaccine within two months to boost the country’s immunity as a new omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads. New measures to tackle the variant went into effect in England on Tuesday, with face covering again being mandatory in shops and on public transport. (AP Photo / Alberto Pezzali)

LONDON (AP) – The UK government on Saturday tightened travel restrictions amid concerns over the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new rules would apply from 4 a.m. London time on Tuesday.

“In light of the most recent data, we are taking further steps to slow the incursion of the omicron variant,” he said in a tweet.

Javid has also added Nigeria to the ‘red list’ for travel to the UK, meaning that arrivals from that country will be banned except for UK and Irish residents, and these travelers must isolate themselves in the UK. designated quarantine facilities. He said there was a “significant number” of omicron cases linked to travel to Nigeria, with 27 cases recorded in England.

Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said the new measures would be a “major deterrent” to travel, just as airports and the travel industry were hoping for a small increase during the holiday season.

“It is a devastating blow for aviation and tourism,” she said.

Authorities recorded another 42,848 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK on Saturday, with 127 additional deaths. With more than 145,000 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic, Britain has the second highest number of virus deaths in Europe after Russia.

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