Vaccinated adults face £10,000 fines for Omicron rules breaches

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Vaccinated adults face £10,000 fines for Omicron rules breaches
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Vaccinated adults face £10,000 fines for breaching Omicron self-isolation rules.

The government is hoping to prevent the omicron coronavirus variant from spreading across the UK. New rules regarding self-isolation restrictions for the omicron variant came into force on Tuesday at 4am.

Anyone who has come into contact with a person who is infected with the omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This applies to fully vaccinated people too. Fines for self-isolation breaches will reach a staggering £10,000.

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NHS track and trace will be contacting people who have been in contact with a person infected with the omicron variant. People who do not self-isolate will initially be hit with a £1000 fine. This increases to £10,000 for repeat breaches.

The new omicron variant is worrying and only 20 per cent of labs can detect it at the moment. So far 14 cases have been confirmed but the actual number of positive cases could be far higher.

The new variant was first detected in South Africa. The UK has added South Africa along with nine other countries to the red list for travel.


The government believe that the booster programme will be vital to ensuring that Christmas goes ahead without lockdowns. Sajid Javid has called on people to get vaccinated and have their booster jabs.

Javid commented: “If we want to give ourselves the best chance of a Christmas with our loved ones, the best thing we all do is step up.

“Roll up our sleeves and get protected when the time comes.”



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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