Mandatory face masks in force as Omicron cases rise to 22 in UK

Updated: few hours ago

London, Nov 30 (PTI) Face coverings are mandatory in shops and public transport from Tuesday as part of “targeted measures" to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, 22 cases of which have now been detected in the UK after Scotland and England reported further infections.

Individuals linked with all new cases, identified in the East Midlands, the East of England, London and the North West, are all isolating and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said work is underway to identify any links to travel to southern Africa.

"It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing,” said Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive.