Boris Johnson could introduce new Covid restrictions that might see folks being advised to make money working from home and vaccine passports required for occasions with crowds
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Brits could face new Covid restrictions this Christmas which might see them working from dwelling and needing vaccine passports to attend crowded venues, it’s reported.
The risk from the Omicron variant implies that Boris Johnson is reportedly contemplating Plan B for the festive interval which may very well be put in place within the coming days.
It comes with scientists fearing that Omicron may very well be thrice extra infectious than different variants.
They have painted a grim image the place 1,000 folks within the UK may very well be catching the new variant every day whereas new circumstances are doubling each three days.
The authorities’s Plan B would imply folks being advised to make money working from home to restrict the unfold of the virus whereas vaccine passports may very well be enforced for getting into occasions with crowds together with soccer matches, it’s reported.
The PM advised ministers at a Cabinet assembly that the “early indications are that it’s extra transmissible than Delta”, the Sun reported.
But Johnson has said that there is no conclusive evidence yet to show that Omicron is worse than other variants.
The idea from the government is to move quickly to slow the spread of Omicron even though no new measures have so far been put in place.
Omicron cases in the UK have risen to 437 on Tuesday with 101 new infections confirmed.
Prof Alastair Grant, of the University of East Anglia, has worked out one in 50 cases are now caused by Omicron — around 1,000 a day – using official data from the UK Health Security Agency.
He said the high figure is due to “a mixture of it being good at transmitting itself and being a partial vaccine escape”.
Prof Grant gave a “worst-case” scenario where there may be 2,500 Omicron cases in England with two percent of positive swabs on Saturday likely to have been the latest variant.
He said: “These numbers are very preliminary. They are likely to be over-estimates as testing has focused on people at higher risk of infection because of their travel history or contact with confirmed Omicron cases.
“But it is very likely that Omicron will quickly come to dominate cases in England, and that overall case numbers will increase from their current levels.”
Prof Tim Spector, from the Covid Zoe app, mentioned that in round 10 days’ time the UK might have extra circumstances of Omicron than some nations it had placed on the journey pink listing.
The professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London advised BBC Breakfast: “The official estimates are about 350-odd Omicron cases, and because the current testing is missing a lot of those, it’s probably at least 1,000 to 2,000 I would guess at the moment.
“And we predict this to be doubling about each two days in the meanwhile, so should you do your maths – say assumed it is 1,000 in the meanwhile, and also you assume it is going to be doubling each two days, you may see that these numbers are going to be fairly (excessive) actually in about 10 days time.
“By that time, we’ll probably have more cases than they will in some of those African countries.
“So I believe these journey restrictions do maybe have their place initially, when circumstances are actually low right here and actually excessive within the different nation, however after we attain that equilibrium, there’s little or no level in having them for my part.”