Covid news LIVE: Face masks and self-isolation rules return as number of UK Omicron cases rises to 11

Mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport, and self-isolation rules, returned on Tuesday as ministers seek to rapidly reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.


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