BRITS should continue to go to pubs and have Christmas parties despite the threat from the Omicron variant, a top minister said today.
Tory director Oliver Dowden stressed everyone must “keep calm and move on” and even everyone has the right to snooping on strangers under the mistletoe.
His upbeat assessment comes later day of mixed messages from senior ministers How cautious we should be during this festive season.
Even as he urges Britons not to cancel their seasonal drinks, Government agencies are moving their sinks online.
Business Secretary George Freeman revealed employees at his office will now have to celebrate on Zoom after its annual shindig is unloaded.
The education department has scheduled its annual talent show live, and it will now be streamed by video.
There have also been multiple reports of businesses canceling events due to concerns about Omicron and the risk of further restrictions.
Mr. Dowden, chairman of the Conservative Party, today confirmed he will not cancel the party’s grand party.
He said: “I don’t think people should panic and cancel their plans. Everyone can go on with their Christmas plans, I encourage everyone to do the same.
“The message to everyone is to stay calm and carry on with your Christmas plans. We’ve put in place the necessary restrictions.”
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He added: “The government is not telling people not to go to the pub, not to have a good time. We are not stopping people from continuing to do so.”
Mr. Dowden said snooping on strangers under the mistletoe was completely normal after days of government debunking the issue.
And he said he understands concern from pub and restaurant owners about the impact Omicron’s fear could have on commerce.
He said the current restrictions around international travel and wearing face masks in public places are “enough for now”.
The latest curbs will be reviewed just days before Christmas.
His comments come after leading scientists said the booster shots would protect Britons from the serious illness caused by Omicron.
New data elevates the case for the UK’s decision to offer Pfizer or Moderna as a third shot.
In a test with seven boosters, two mRNA spikes appeared on top – causing the greatest increase in Covid antibodies.
The volunteers experienced a 32-fold spike in the protective proteins.
The experts also observed that patients given Pfizer or Modern experienced a dramatic increase in T cells, which also fight viruses, by killing Covid-infected cells.
Lead researcher Professor Saul Faust, from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said the widespread immune response meant boosters would likely cope well with Omicron.
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