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What a sensible YS!  I hope he is OK and none of the rest of you succumb.

Good news on the booster too, Ursula123.

Am I right in thinking if I @Ursula123 you, you get an automatic alert?  How do I make this happen please, as I think its more than just typing?

 

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On 11/25/2021 at 5:34 PM, Daphne said:

What a sensible YS!  I hope he is OK and none of the rest of you succumb.

Good news on the booster too, Ursula123.

Am I right in thinking if I @Ursula123 you, you get an automatic alert?  How do I make this happen please, as I think its more than just typing?

 

 

@DaphneYou type an @ and then the name. It should go “blue” and offer you all users starting with those letters.
You don’t get an email, but it does show a notification in the forum.

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This new South African variant has come as a bit of a shock, particularly to my brother who is on holiday in Namibia and is due to fly back tomorrow via Frankfurt. Tried to get a flight out today but they were all full, so on arrival in the UK they must quarantine for 10 days in a special hotel at Heathrow with an additional cost of...........£3800! Now it looks increasingly likely that the flight tomorrow will be cancelled. France has suspended flights for at least 48 hours with immediate effect and the EU make a decision on general flight suspension today. So he could be stuck there for a while?

Said the reason for the panic is that this variant spreads 10x faster than Delta and the mutation is such that the current vaccines will not be effective against it. Let's hope they can keep this one out.

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Sorry to hear about son Soapy, hope you are all ok. My ES even thou girlfriend had covid managed not too test positive , they slept separately but only one bathroom. Last year when his flatmate came back from skiing in Italy with Covid he somehow managed not to get it. Hes double vaxxed. I think its luck but who knows. The vaccine does stop you getting it bad.  Worrying about new variant. Stay safe all xx

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On 11/26/2021 at 11:26 AM, Beantree said:

Said the reason for the panic is that this variant spreads 10x faster than Delta and the mutation is such that the current vaccines will not be effective against it. Let's hope they can keep this one out.

What they’re reporting here is that it MIGHT spread faster and it vaccines (and treatments) MIGHT be less effective against it. But they’re saying that SA and surrounding countries have pretty low vaccination rates so we don’t actually know yet. 

I agree though - let’s hope we keep it out this time - we haven’t managed it yet though!

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South Africa can't understand why they have been singled out, because there are cases in Hong Kong and now one in Belgium?

In the meantime my brother has had his PCR test and has been allowed to complete a passenger location form, which means he can self-isolate at home and not pay for accommodation. Flight is tonight, so it remains to be seen if it happens.

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Apparently Boris is announcing tomorrow that masks are to be mandatory in all retail settings......about bl**dy time!!! IMHO should never have stopped being mandatory! I have now got to the stage where, although my glasses mist up if I've forgotten to use the anti fog spray and I find it quite claustrophobic after more than 20 mins, I wouldn't feel happy leaving the house without a mask or two tucked into a pocket and/or bag.

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Seems there isn't much in the news now except 'Omicron'. Lots of speculation and no real facts yet. Pfizer has assured our Government they will have a full analysis of the effectivity of it against this new strain within 2 weeks. Moderna says they have prepared for this event and can produce a new vaccine specifically for Omicron and deliver doses within 6 weeks.

In the meantime no news from my brother, which will hopefully be because he is 'in transit' (or battery is low)?

No cases in France yet, but the official line is it is 'probably' already here. We've got one shopping trip to do for chicken feed and then we won't go out until 14th December for our 3rd jab. Masks have always remained necessary inside but have now been extended to Christmas markets.

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I hope your brother is OK, Beantree, although I know its very annoying and disruptive, I think he is fortunate to be able to self-isolate at home and avoid the hideousness/cost of Govt quarantine.  Lets keep our fingers crossed.

I went to get my booster today to find 2 big marquees outside for vaccination purposes, but the medical centre itself was shut except for a grumpy receptionist who said no jabs today, call tomorrow, but no explanation.   I may have to face a tough choice soon, return to the UK without my booster (my Mum is not well but at early stages of investigation) or wait and see and possibly not be allowed back at all!   Angola & Mozambique on the UK red list are former colonies of Portugal and there is a lot of traffic between here and there, plus we have a fair number of Portugeuse citizens who were born in South Africa.

We have 2 cases of omnicron here. 

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I don't know what your rules are on health passes @Daphne, but here you now have a 'window' of 5 -7 months after your second dose. After 7 months your pass is invalid. It's all very complicated now depending on the rules in each Country, but if you are going through France you will now need a PCR negative test less than 24 hours old, whether you have a health pass or not I think? Can't be sure as reading all these different reports, which seem to change daily, is getting rather confusing.

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Finally heard from my brother. Reason for the delay was being in transit for 32 hours due to totally disorganised bureaucracy, both in Germany and England. He has finally ended up in a quarantine room somewhere where he must stay for 10 days and might be allowed outside for 15 minutes a day after day 2. The UK staff openly admitted to not being vaccinated and there are no Omicron cases in Namibia anyway!

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