UK's Johnson sets out more measures to fight new COVID variant

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British PM Johnson hosts Polish PM Morawiecki on Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled on Saturday new measures to try to stop the spread of a new coronavirus variant called Omicron, saying all arrivals would have to take a test and it was time to step up booster jabs.

"We will require anyone who enters the UK to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and to self-isolate until they have a negative result," Johnson told a news conference.

He said those who had come into contact with people testing positive for a suspected case of Omicron would have to self-isolate for 10 days and that the government would tighten up the rules on wearing face coverings.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by William Schomberg)