Boris Johnson refuses to bring in Omicron Covid lockdown days before Christmas

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Boris Johnson has ruled out implementing new coronavirus restrictions before Christmas.

The Prime Minister has however said that the Government would not hesitate to take further action if needed.

They added that they will continue to be monitoring the data hour by hour.

Following a meeting of the cabinet, the PM said: "Unfortunately I must say to people that we will have to reserve the possibility of taking further action to protect the public, to protect public health, to protect our NHS.

"We won’t hesitate to take action."

Johnson noted that hospitalisations in the capital are rising "quite steeply".

It comes after reports that the Prime Minister was considering options to "curb the spread of Omicron" which could possibly see the UK put back into a full lockdown

Sage scientists are mounting pressure onto the Prime Minister to take one of three courses of action against the variant which is spreading rapidly across the UK, according to The Sun.

There are currently 82,886 new daily Covid cases on Sunday and Omicron infections hit 12,133 in the last 24 hours.

At the moment, facemasks are mandatory in shops and on public transport as the public have been reminded to stay vigilant.

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The Sunday Times claimed that Boxing Day had been pencilled in for an announcement of a 'circuit breaker' lockdown with measures possibly starting as early as December 27.

One of the options reportedly being considered is a two-week circuit breaker, which will see the return of the Rule of Six and no indoor mixing.

Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve customers outside as cases of the Omicron variant spread.

But as of now, the plans have yet to reach the ministerial level and have not been officially confirmed.

  • Boris Johnson
  • Christmas
  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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