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Germany tightens restrictions on travel from UK in bid to curb Omicron spread

Germany tightens restrictions on travel from UK in bid to curb Omicron spread

Germany is tightening travel restrictions from the UK in an attempt to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

There will be a ban on carriage from the UK to Germany, except for German nationals, residents and transit passengers.

The measures will come in from midnight on Sunday – or 11pm UK time.

The restrictions could last until at least January 3.

Everyone entering Germany from Britain, whether vaccinated or not, will need a negative PCR test and is required to quarantine for 14 days.

The country’s public health authority, the Robert-Koch-Institut, announced the new rules on Saturday evening as it classified the UK as an area of 'variants of concern due to Omicron'.

It comes amid fears of the spread of the variant in the UK.

Germany tightens restrictions on travel from UK in bid to curb Omicron spread

France has imposed similar restrictions, which came into force at 11pm on Friday.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan earlier declared a “major incident” in the capital due to the rapid spread of Omicron.

Mr Khan said: “The surge in cases of the Omicron variant across our capital is hugely concerning, so we are once again declaring a major incident because of the threat of Covid-19 to our city.

“The Omicron variant has quickly become dominant with cases increasing rapidly and the number of patients in our hospitals with Covid-19 on the rise again.

“We are already feeling the impact across the capital and while we are still learning about this variant, it’s right that London’s key agencies work closely together to minimise the impact on our city, including helping to protect the vital vaccination programme."

A further 90,418 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Saturday.

And a further 125 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.