People should not see friends and family much over the Christmas period, a gloomy top doctor told Brits today.
Dr Jenny Harries, the head of the UK’s Health Security Service, warned Britons not to socialize “when we don’t have to be special” to prevent the spread of Omicron.
However, Minister for Care Gillian Keegan urged the public to stay mentally strong and resist the festival plans.
The growing concern about the super strain Omicron – of which there are currently 14 cases in the UK – has raised concerns about future restrictions.
Nowadays masks in shops and public transport become mandatory along with PCR tests for international visitors.
New restrictions are introduced such as:
Justifying the new curbs, Ms Keegan this morning said the government would rather “overreact than underreact” until scientists are clear about the Omicron threat.
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Dr Harries warned that even if our vaccine was effective against the mutant, its infectivity could have a “significant impact” on hospitals.
She told the BBC: “We find that not everyone is going back to work and I like to think about it in a more general way, which is if we all reduce our social ties a little bit, actually that will help keep the variation in bay.
“So I think to be careful, don’t socialize when we don’t particularly need and specifically go and get those booster jobs, of course, people will now be able to have a good time. three months from their main course.”
Currently, there are no limits on gatherings, and the government has rejected calls to switch to a comprehensive Plan B that would implement working from home.
Ms Keegan doubled down on calls for Britons to buy boosters by turning to festival hitmaker Mariah Carey: “All we honestly want for Christmas is for people to be delighted. .”
She said the likelihood of having to quarantine over Christmas was “quite low” and “of course Christmas is on track”.
She said: “Yes, yes, I think we said ‘go ahead with your plan’.
“I mean, obviously, you know, wearing a mask, being cautious, you know, all those other things… all those things that people usually put on. Honestly, I think most most people are … used to be reasonable.
“But we’re not telling people to cancel your plans. And you know, I’m sure it would be great if you went to see a nativity play right now.”
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