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Officials ‘outline plan to lock circuit breakers for two weeks’

The draft plans would also limit pubs and restaurants serving outdoors (Image: PA/Getty)

The report covered plans to lock circuit breakers for two weeks after Christmas, including a ban on indoor mingling.

Draft regulations are being prepared that would ban meeting other people indoors except for business purposes, while pubs and restaurants will limit serving outdoors, according to The Times.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported that Boris Johnson was presented with several options in the so-called Plan C, ranging from ‘gentle instruction to motivating people, all the way through to locking the door’.

The newspaper quoted the Prime Minister’s allies as saying that Mr Johnson still wanted to follow the path of guidance, but he also had to be realistic about the threat of Omicron.

The BBC report says scientists have told ministers that tougher measures need to be introduced ‘very soon’.

Advisors are said to have recommended moving to the restrictions seen in steps one and two of the spring easing of lockdown measures, including a ban on indoor mixing and indoor entertainment.

And they are said to have warned against delaying further interventions until the new year.

The UK reported more than 90,000 new Covid cases on Friday – the third day in a row that the daily record has been surpassed.

A government spokesman said: ‘The Government will continue to scrutinize all emerging data and we will keep our measures in the review process as we learn more about variation. this.’

The UK recorded more than 90,000 new cases on Friday (Image: Metro Graphics)
Tables are empty in Soho as the Omicron variant spreads across the country (Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Christmas shoppers in Glasgow (Image: Getty)

It comes after Rishi Sunak flew home early from a business trip to California to talk about the crisis with business leaders concerned about the impact of the measures, especially on the hospitality sector.

The Prime Minister met virtually with the Confederation of British Industry, the Confederation of Small Business and the British Chamber of Commerce on Friday afternoon.

Groups have raised concerns about the impact of booking cancellations on entertainment in the run-up to Christmas and the importance of a clear message from the Government.

Meanwhile, dedicated UK regulators have stepped up their claims for more financial support as Omicron cases continue to drive up infection rates.

A Cobra meeting will be held over the weekend with leaders from the developed world.

Mr Johnson has warned Omicron is a ‘very serious threat to us today’.

Scientific advisers are said to have warned against delaying interventions again until the new year (Image: Getty Images)
Boris Johnson has warned Omicron is a ‘very serious threat to us today’ (Image: Getty)

During a visit to a vaccination center in Hillingdon, west London, on Friday, he said: ‘We are seeing a significant wave happening and people have to prepare and they have to understand. what it entails.’

Asked about conflicting messages from the Government and advisers about socializing over the Christmas break, Mr Johnson said: ‘What Chris Whitty and I are both saying is that there is a huge wave of Omicrons. happenning.

‘People need to be cautious. You need to think about your risk budget. ‘

According to the latest Government figures, 93,045 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases had been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Friday, the highest daily total recorded since the pandemic began. and up 4,669 from the previous record set on Thursday.


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The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in London, which has seen some of the highest increases in the past seven days, rose to 1,534, up 28.6 per cent from the previous week.

The Government dashboard shows an additional 341 people with Covid being hospitalized in the capital on December 17, up from 1,193 on December 10.

Across the UK, 7,611 people are hospitalized with the virus, an increase of 163 patients (2%) from the previous week.

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