Boris Johnson’s government has reintroduced some Covid constrain and expand the country Vaccine in an effort to slow the spread of omicron, scientists fear the new variant could spread faster than Delta, the strain currently predominating in the UK.
Last week, MPs voted to pass a plan to make face coverings mandatory for everyone in public spaces such as shops and on public transport. The Prime Minister has also set a goal of giving all adults an extra dose of the vaccine by the end of January.
The measures have come as concern grows that B.1.1529, named omicron by the World Health Organization last week, could cause a fourth wave of infections in the UK. Cases are already high – the seven-day average is now above 40,000.
But experts worry that the number of mutations in the omicron’s mutant protein, which allows the virus to enter the body’s cells, could help it evade current vaccines and thus the case rate. higher morbidity, potentially leading to more hospitalizations.
A total of 437 cases of omicron infection have been detected so far, but experts believe the number is closer to 2,000, with suspected cases of this variant doubling every day.
The latest available government data shows that 50,963,718 people in the UK have received the first dose of the vaccine, 46,367,149 a second and 18,215,535 people have received a third booster. People are not legally required to be vaccinated, unless they work in a healthcare or care facility.
But those who are putting others at risk by refusing to get vaccinated fine?
The measure will come into effect every month from 16 January. Anyone in that age group who is not vaccinated faces a fine of 100 euros (£85).
Greece became the second European country, after Austria, to be forced to take the plunge.
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