With the rising number of Covid-19 infections in the UK, triggered by the Omicron variant, health officials are frantically attempting to formulate a solution to tackle the situation with additional measures among the plans in place.
It was reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was presented with a number of options under a so-called Plan C, ranging from mild guidance to a lockdown. Johnson’s allies claim that he wants to select the guidance route but had to be realistic about the situation with the growing threat of Omicron.
It was reported by the BBC that advisers had recommended moving to restrictions seen in steps one and two of the easing of lockdown restrictions in the spring which included a ban on indoor mixing and indoor hospitality.
It’s understood that draft regulations are being prepared which could mean a ban on meeting others indoors except for work purposes and that pubs and restaurants would be limited to outdoor service for two weeks after Christmas.
With over 93,045 new Covid-19 cases reported yesterday, member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Stephen Reicher said it was clear that Plan B measures alone would not be enough to quell the increasing spread of Omicron, suggesting that a circuit-breaker lockdown would be required before Christmas.
He stated, “In many ways, the most effective way of diminishing contact is to have a circuit-breaker.”
“When people say ‘look, we don’t want to close down’, of course, we don’t want to close down. But the problem is at the moment, things are closing down anyway, because of the spread of infection.”
Taking this into account, Professor Reicher added, “So I think we need to act now.”
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