Covid: No more restrictions announced on the day the UK recorded the highest number of cases ever

Boris Johnson has not announced further restrictions – as cases hit a record high (Image: SWNS; PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not introduce additional Covid restrictions despite Britain recording the highest number of cases since the pandemic began.

total 78,610 new confirmed Covid cases were recorded today – beating the previous record of 68,053 cases on 8 January this year.

Mr Johnson spoke to the nation from Downing Street this evening as fears grew about the spread of coronavirus Omicron different.

Asked if further restrictions were necessary, the Prime Minister insisted the Government was taking the ‘right approach’.

However, the Prime Minister has asked people to ‘think carefully’ before going to events during the festive period.

‘I’ve said many times that I think this Christmas will be significantly better than last year’s Christmas, and I stand by that.

‘We don’t cancel events, we don’t close receptions, we don’t cancel people’s parties or their ability to mix.

‘What we’re saying is think carefully before you go.’

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Mr Johnson added: ‘We’re in a different environment, thanks to boosters, than where we were last year, but we have to be cautious and think about it while we wait for the benefits. The benefits of rocket boosters really come into play . ‘

But England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that more bad news was to come.

Prof Whitty told the Downing Street press conference: ‘I’m afraid we have to be realistic that The record will be broken a lot over the next few weeks as rates continue to rise.

‘What we have is two epidemics on top of each other – an existing, almost flat Delta epidemic, and an Omicron epidemic growing very rapidly above it.’

Boris Johnson and Professor Chris Whitty pose for a photo during the briefing (Image: Getty)

Prof Whitty urged the public to ‘prioritize meaningful social interactions’ and ‘strongly encourage’ leading people to take lateral flow tests.

But on the third day of running, there were No in-house lateral flow testing available.

Last night MPs voted in favor of introducing new measures including so-called Covid passports as part of the Government’s Plan B.

Mr Johnson suffered a humiliating uprising with about 100 MPs voting against the government.

And pressure seems to be on the ‘unlucky’ Prime Minister when he breaks down the numbers and tells viewers that there have been 780,000 cases instead of exact numbers.

PM featuring Professor Whitty and Dr Nikki Kanani (Image: Getty)
The Prime Minister allegedly lost control at the PMQs today (Image: REUTERS)

The underrated Tory has struggled to maintain its popularity after bouncing from crisis to crisis in recent weeks.

He is branded ‘Worst Prime Minister possible’ of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, when rumors swirled that a ‘must have card’ leadership challenge.

He also used the press conference to urge people to order their boosters – which he said ‘provide an amazing level of protection’ – and join the ‘great nation’s fight’ against Omicron.

He said: ‘We think, given the balance of risks and the balance between the ongoing uncertainties over Omicron, this is the right approach to do these things at the same time.

‘The progress we’re making with the booster is very important…we’re really driving a huge number of people now.’

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Huynh Nguyen

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