Boris Johnson’s announcement is still expected ahead of the new year as No10 fears the Christmas combination could spur an increase in cases

BORIS Johnson IS is expected to make a Covid announcement before New Year’s Eve, as No10 fears the Christmas combination could fuel a surge in cases.

The Prime Minister issued Get ready for the Christmas celebration This December, remove any tougher restrictions on this side of the festive holiday season.

Boris Johnson IS expected to make Covid announcement before New Year's Eve

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Boris Johnson IS expected to make Covid announcement before New Year’s EveCredit: No. 10 Downing Street / BEEM
Boris Johnson won't make any Covid announcements until after Christmas but constantly looks at omicron data

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Boris Johnson won’t make any Covid announcements until after Christmas but constantly looks at omicron dataCredit: PA

But The Sun understands that a public announcement of some form from the Prime Minister is likely next week.

Thousands now fear one cutter lock to January, amid concerns over Christmas gatherings that increased Omicon cases.

Insiders stress that parliament could still be called to make changes to the no-door law at any time, meaning a hated Rule Six or a ban on indoor dining could be upended. enforcement close.

A Government source told The Sun: “Our stance remains the same, there isn’t anything to justify further restrictions at the moment, but we are keeping it under ongoing review. .

“If we need to act quickly next week, we can.

“Better to wait for the data and definitely need to be tougher, than to act prematurely and disproportionately.”

Britons are being urged to get their boosters fast, as thousands sign up for The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign.

Further 119,789 people tested positive for Covid today, 16,817 of which are Omicrons.

But two studies conducted this week revealed that Brits infected with the new variant were 50% less likely to be hospitalized.

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The results showed that Britons who received two doses of the drug significantly reduced their risk of being hospitalized compared with those who were unvaccinated and infected with Delta.

The UK yesterday hit the milestone of 30 million booster shots in a record week for vaccines.

A major report from the UK Health and Security Service will be released today with more data.

Sajid Javid said the data was “good, encouraging news” but the studies “remain unclear by how much that risk is reduced”.

He told Sky: “It is still possible to be hospitalized… but people are behaving much more rationally and cautiously since they know about this variant.

“Of course, everyone should enjoy their Christmases with family and friends, remain cautious and we will review the situation.

“If we need to do anything more, we will, but nothing more will happen before Christmas.”

A Whitehall source told Financial Times that any new measures introduced after Christmas could be more guidance than law, aimed at spurring millions of people who can celebrate next week.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, former Tory leader, told the Daily Telegraph: “This new evidence is meant to be steady as she goes. Let’s keep hospitality open.

“Let’s tell the public to be reasonable but get out. And no more gloom and gloom will kill us.

“If we are not against the lockdown this time, we will lock the shop for the winter. Boris can gain from this by being assertive. This is his chance to show the Scots and Welshmen are what they are. ridiculous governments.”

Tim Loughton, a former minister, said: “If we don’t have a spike in hospitalizations, there is no basis for tightening containment measures.”

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And the scientists say any new rule may not take long because the Omicron peak can drop rapidly.

Professor Andrew Heywood told the BBC: “I don’t think we’re talking about the length of time the restrictions we’ve talked about before.

“The rate this is going up means it’s going up relatively fast, falling fast. We have a short-term problem here.”

He said findings from an Imperial College study showing the weaker Omicron variant could lead to the conclusion that older people are less likely to be severely affected, “but that needs to be balanced against the fact is that the risk of having that serious disease from birth is still much higher in older people.”

“I think we simply haven’t really seen the data in older people to know.

“It’s undeniably good news, but I think for sure we’re not out of the danger zone yet – I think maybe we can downgrade this from a hurricane to a very severe storm.”

He warned against mass gatherings that take place on New Year’s Eve when thousands go out to celebrate 2022.

No10 highlights that no decision has been made and that the Government is still awaiting more real-world data on how the new variant affects hospital admissions and older people.

The Sun understands that Downing Street will not be making any announcements before Christmas, which will derail the plans of millions.

However, Parliament could be convened as early as Monday if ministers believe there is enough to warrant tougher restrictions.

The Prime Minister has noted to the nation that he will not hesitate to act if necessary, but does not want to unnecessarily return Britain to lockdown.

Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have both announced their own restrictions that will apply after Christmas.

Nightclubs must close, rule number six will return to indoor venues and social distancing will return as well.

The Welsh Economy Minister said today he thinks Britain has “lost its way” to the UK’s three other countries in terms of Covid’s response.

Hotels in Wales and Scotland face new rules from Gift Day

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Hotels in Wales and Scotland face new rules from Gift DayCredit: Alamy

Asked about plans in Wales to limit the spread of the virus, Vaughan Gething told Times Radio: “Scotland and Northern Ireland took relatively similar steps yesterday – that is Britain has lost its way. step with the remaining three countries.

“We did this because we had clear public health advice and because we were starting to see an increase in cases.”

He added: “We’re definitely a bit more cautious than England – but that’s because we think it’s the right call.”

Prime Minister confirms there will be no more Covid restrictions before Christmas

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