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ON Saturday November 27, the Prime Minister confirmed new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK.

The super-strain was officially named a "variant of concern" by the WHO, as cases are now cropping up across Europe.

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Travel restrictions have already been implemented to slow the spread of the variant and protect our borders.

From 04:00am Sunday November 28, South Africa, Botswana, Lesostho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola have been added to the UK’s travel red list.

Anyone arriving from these destinations will need to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at a cost of £2,285.

Other targeted measures will be introduced from next week as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while experts gather more information.

These are:

  • All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport from Monday November 29. All hospitality settings will be exempt.

According to the Health Secretary, new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is expected "imminently" on whether boosters should be extended to all over-18s, whether the waiting time before a booster jab should be reduced and if second doses should be offered to 12-15 year olds in light of the new variant.

Mr Javid told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: "I've also asked the NHS to prepare for much greater capacity in our vaccination programme".

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Anyone who enters the UK from abroad will now be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result.

It is hoped the measures will buy scientists time to learn more about the Omicron variant.

But there are fears it will also affect the recovery of the aviation industry that has already been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Courts Continue to Invalidate Voting Rules Used During Bidens 2020 Victory

Courts continued this week to invalidate some of the extraordinary rules under which President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, and to which many Republicans objected, though litigation at the time failed to overturn the voting results.

An appellate court in Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the state’s 2019 law — passed by a Republican legislature before the coronavirus pandemic — allowing no-excuse vote-by-mail was unconstitutional. A challenge to the same law after the 2020 general election was blocked by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the grounds of “laches,” because the plaintiffs could have brought their lawsuit before the primary election. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal to that decision.

Earlier this month, a judge in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County ruled that the vote-by-mail drop boxes that the state had used in the 2020 election were unlawful because rules for their use had not been created through a traditional administrative process.

Wisconsin, like other states, adopted the widespread use of the drop boxes after Democrats raised concerns — unfounded in science — that voting in person posed an unreasonable risk of transmission of COVID-19. (Israel and South Korea, two of the most restrictive countries in the world with regard to coronavirus lockdowns, each held in-person elections during the height of the pandemic. Neither allows large-scale absentee voting; in Israel, coronavirus patients had their own polling places.)

Though these lower-court rulings could later be overturned on appeal in each state, the rulings underline the controversy over the circumstances in which the 2020 vote was held.

Many Republican-led states have passed laws to tighten ballot integrity rules; Democrats have claimed that these new laws are an attempt to suppress minority votes, and have proposed sweeping legislation at the federal level to institutionalize the “temporary” voting changes of the pandemic and limit states’ authority.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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