BORIS Johnson has come under increasing pressure to impose sterling restrictions as Covid-19 cases are increasing due to the spread of the Omicron variant.
Prime Minister though has stated there won’t be a shutdown before Christmas although there are rumors swirling that plans for one after another have been drawn up.
Will the UK go into another lockdown?
This seems unlikely before Christmas with Johnson “We’re not shutting everything down.”
However, the imposition of stronger restrictions, and even a lockdown after Christmas Day, has not been ruled out.
Officials have been weighing proposals for a two-week circuit breaker, including a ban on seeing friends and family indoors.
The Times reports that ministers are preparing draft plans that would prevent Britons from meeting other people in their homes except for business purposes.
Pubs and restaurants will only be able to offer outdoor service if the plan gets the green light.
Other reports suggest Mr Johnson was presented with a range of options for ‘plan C’, from “gentle guide to motivating people, piercing to lock”.
Sage scientists are pessimistic told the Government tougher measures would be needed “very soon”.
Which part of the UK has the most cases?
Of the 377 local UK regions, 226 (60%) have seen weekly price increases, 149 (40%) have declined and two are unchanged.
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South Northamptonshire has the highest rate in the UK, with 917 new cases per 100,000 people a week.
Reigate and Banstead in Surrey came in second, with 891 cases per 100,000, while the Orkney Islands, Scotland, came last with 103 cases.
But the five sectors with the biggest weekly gains were all in the London, with Southwark top, increased from 463 to 818 per 100,000.
Other areas are Lambeth, Hackney, Islington and Lewisham.
Johnson told Brits to get their booster shot as soon as possible, after long queues were seen at vaccine centers around the country.
The Sun is also asking readers to subscribe to Jabs Army to make the rollout go as smooth and fast as possible.
A record 93,000 Britons are newly infected with coronavirus on December 17, 2021.
Tens of thousands of Brits will be isolated this Christmas as a result of the spike.
What did Boris Johnson say when he locked the door?
Johnson has said that a “significant wave” of cases is flooding in – but remains steadfastly based on tougher rules this Christmas.
“I have said that people should be cautious, but what we have also said is that people should decide what they want to do. It’s a matter of their personal choice,” he said.
“We’re not shutting everything down but we think people need to be cautious.”
Johnson refrained from telling people to stop enjoying their festivals, saying “we’re not shutting down hospitality, we’re not canceling people’s parties or their ability to mingle”.
He says people should instead “be careful before going” – that is, perform a lateral flow test at home.
However, he urges people to use boosters – and warns the mutation is “a very serious threat to us today”.
During a visit to a vaccination center in Hillingdon, West London, he said: “People have to be prepared and they have to understand what it entails.”
And he said the British had to be “cautious”.
“You need to think about your risk budget,” he said.
Why are Covid cases increasing rapidly?
The Omicron variant now accounts for 34% of cases across the UK and is driving a tidal wave of infections.
This strain overtook the previously dominant Delta variant over a period of a month or so.
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Study app, said: “Omicron is considered the dominant strain in the UK around Christmas and over the New Year, cases could peak even higher. anything we’ve ever seen before.
“In London, cases are increasing rapidly, but this is likely to slow down soon, as people change their behaviour, such as wearing masks again, canceling parties and working from home more. than.
“Hopefully people now recognize the cold-like symptoms that seem to be the dominant feature of Omicron.”
Health Minister Sajid Javid previously said that the gap between infectivity and infectivity could be shorter for the Omicron variant, making it possible to spread faster.
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