According to sources, the British prime minister is planning to tell Britons that no more coronavirus regulations will be in place around Christmas.
Boris Johnson Reintroduced regulations and requirements for the wearing of masks for travelers using PCR testing more than a week ago, after South African scientists discovered a new variant of Omicron.
The next briefing on the restrictions will take place on December 18 – allowing experts three weeks to analyze the dangers of the mutant strain.
But those in the Cabinet are quoted by Sun said Mr Johnson plans to make the announcement a few days earlier, to confirm that the country can go ahead with its Christmas plans with no further strings attached.
The decision is said to be because ministers ‘hold a united fear in their hands that the public will never forgive them if they ruin Christmas in their second year of operation’.
Another government source went on to say: ‘The hope is that we won’t have to introduce anything new, and that the current measures – border testing and wearing of masks – are not too impactful. ”
Metro.co.uk has contacted Downing Street for comment.
Early evidence suggests that Omicron possibly a more contagious but milder variant of corona virus.
Indeed, the South African doctor who discovered the strain, Dr Angelique Coetzee, previously told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme. infected people she has treated have ‘extremely mild’ symptoms.
She went on to say that the UK was ‘unnecessarily panicking’ and said the country may have been circulating variation that experts didn’t realize.
But it’s still early days, and many doctors believe the world doesn’t yet have enough data on Omicron to know for sure.
Moderna’s chief medical officer Dr Paul Burton said: ‘Until we see how this virus is currently active in the population of older adults who have other comorbidities.
‘We really want to know exactly how serious the disease is.’
But he went on to say he was ‘optimistic’ about fighting the stress as the world has learned so much about the disease over the past two years.
Around 43,992 people in the UK tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 10,464,389. Of these, 246 were confirmed to have Omicron mutations.
However, the Government seems to be sticking to its policy of determining Covid-19 restrictions based on hospitalizations and deaths.
On the most recent day that official data is available – November 30 – there were 812 coronavirus patients hospitalized.
While the number has reached over 1,000 in recent days, the number has fluctuated between 700 and 900 since about mid-July.
Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, who helped model the first coronavirus containment, estimates daily hospitalizations would have to rise to more than 1,200 for the Government to restrict freedoms more and activate the REMOVAL Plan.
This is despite the fact that the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) pushed ministers to bring back Guidance on working from home and implementing the vaccine passport system.
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