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Kirklees council set to tackle new Covid-19 variant with extra measures this winter

The Covid-19 pandemic is something which struck us all last year and as unfortunate as it is, it doesn’t seem to be going away soon.

At the beginning of October, the traffic-light system of green, amber, and red countries for international travel was scrapped in favour a single red list of countries and territories that are unsafe to travel to or from.

Six Southern African countries were put on the red list on Friday as a new variant as emerged from countries within this region.

The countries are: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The Omricon variant is another variant from Covid-19 which has scientists quite worried since the Delta variant last year. Scientists are yet to confirm the effects of the Omricon variant and are waiting upon 3 pieces of data which could take between six to twelve months to confirm.

The UK has urged individuals to take their Covid-19 vaccine jab to tackle this new surge and have requested those who have symptoms need to isolate according to what their GP or pharmacy has confirmed.

The government also stress to not visit their local health care providers as this can further spread the virus so have requested individuals to contact the dedicated NHS 111 service to get the latest and current information for their symptoms.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, the director of Public Health for Kirklees Council, said: “The new Omicron variant is clearly a cause for concern, and we will learn more about it over the coming days and weeks.

“Our best defences against it remain the same. Wearing a face covering in busy indoor places, getting tested regularly and making sure you’ve got protection from the vaccine and boosters are all effective at reducing the spread and severity of the virus.

“We can enjoy winter safely if we remain cautious and take sensible steps to reduce the risks to ourselves and our communities.

“The government will announce further details on the new precautions shortly and we will keep Kirklees residents and businesses updated with all the latest advice.”

West Yorkshire’s Local Resilience Forum is also appealing people to continue protecting each other to prevent the spread. WLRF work alongside schools, workplaces, communities and on public transport.

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