SCHOOLS could close again after Christmas if Omicron gets out of control, Sajid Javid suggested this morning.
Confused about the fate of the children, the Health Secretary warned: “When it comes to our fight against this pandemic, there are no guarantees.”
His comments angered parents and students after Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi also refused to rule out that lessons would return online.
Boris Johnson has previously said keeping children in class is a “national priority” and many expect schools to be the last to close in any new lockdown.
But the Prime Minister yesterday prepared the Brits for a “tide wave” of Omicron as he put the rocket under the booster programme.
Asked on LBC this morning if he could rule out school closures, Mr Javid said: “Well, I don’t want to see that or any kind of measure like that. I just focus on everything. other things we need. , especially the booster program.”
He added: “I will say this… if you ask me for guarantees, I will only say – as Health Secretary, of course, I am not Education Secretary – as Secretary of State. As Health Secretary, yes, when it comes to our fight against this pandemic, there are no guarantees.
“But what we know is effective, in this case, is a booster shot.”
It comes after Mr Zahawi announced he would drop all stops to prevent schools from closing again.
BBC reporter Andrew Marr asked if he could deliver on his promise that schools would not close, he said: “We are working fully to ensure that all schools are open and we protected.
“I’ll do everything in my power. We’re still learning about this variant. We know that a booster works.
“Strengthen your strength, protect yourself, protect your community and let’s get through this and turn it from pandemic to pandemic.”
This news will likely cause alarm for parents following last year’s back-to-school incident, where schools were closed just a day after reopening after the Christmas holidays.
In brighter news, data shows that boosters provide up to 75% protection from mild infections from Omicron, with The Sun rebooting our hugely successful Army of Jabs campaign.
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However, Britons are currently hospitalized painfully with this variant.
It is not known if they are seriously ill.
No deaths have been reported.
Mr. Zahawi said he fears an explosion of cases that could affect millions within weeks, with variation doubling every two to three days.
Speaking to Trevor Phillips on Sky, he said: “What we know, so the concern is a third of infections in London are Omicron.
“Reported tests are showing about 1,600 cases, but the number of infections in the community will be many times more – up to 10 times.
“It’s highly infectious, with rates doubling in two to three days.
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“Very soon Omicron will be the dominant variant in the UK and possibly the rest of the world.
“We’ve seen this movie before with the Kent and Delta variants.
“There are hospitalizations with Omicron.”
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK’s Health Security Agency, told Mr Marr that she had yet to hear reports of any deaths.
“It’s really important to remember that it’s been just over two weeks since we detected the first cases here,” she said.
“Hospitalizations start to be recorded after two weeks and deaths after three to four weeks, so it’s too early to make assumptions.”
But she told the presenter: “It was a big wave and it was hitting us directly.
It is highly infectious, with a doubling rate in two to three days
“If we’re seeing even half the severity that we’ve seen with Delta, we’re facing a very large number of hospitalizations and deaths.”
The first case of Omicron in a primary school in the UK was discovered on Friday.
Public health directors have urged all parents to bring their children to school for a health check before returning to the classroom.
The incident was found at Manor Community Primary School in Swanscombe, Kent.
All five-year students, aged nine or ten, have been advised to stay home and get tested, mirror report.
A four-year class at the school is also encouraged to take the test in case the new variant has spread.
Present, no plan is tougher than the plan B restrictions announced on Wednesday, officials say. which includes mandatory masks, work-from-home passports and vaccines.
And it was hoped that the reception of a large number of stabs would free the British from further misery.
However, the scientists estimate the variant’s R-rate to be 3.7 – meaning one person who tests positive infects three to four others.
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