Boris Johnson holds No 10 press conference TODAY as Britain fights to save Christmas from the Omicron variant

BORIS Johnson will hold a press conference at Downing St this afternoon to present Britain’s battle plan against the Omicron variant.

PM will show how jabs boost program will be ramped up in containment efforts more restrictions during Christmas.

Boris Johnson will hold a number 10 press conference tonight


Boris Johnson will hold a number 10 press conference tonightCredit: Reuters
All British adults are now eligible to be boosted


All British adults are now eligible to be boostedCredit: Alamy

He’s expected to aim to deliver 3.5 million recharge photos per week – one million more than current capacity.

It comes after scientists yesterday boosters give green light to all UK adults in an effort to prevent the spread of Omicron.

They also cut the interval needed between the second and third doses from six months to just three months.

Had Five cases of the variant were identified in England and six in Scotland, but ministers expect that number to grow.

Experts say that although the new strain of bacteria may reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines, it is very unlikely to avoid them completely.

Ministers have pledged to continue to “front” in the fight against the Covid super-stress.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced that the NHS boost scheme is being put in place “on steroids”.

But frustrated Britons aged 18 and over who will now qualify were confused after Couldn’t make a vaccination appointment yesterday.

The announcement sparked a scramble on the NHS vaccine ordering website, with thousands of people queuing online to secure a spot.

New restrictions

Other people aged 40 and over who were stabbed more than three months ago were also unable to make an appointment.

That’s because the change in time interval between the second and third doses has not been updated on the NHS website.

The Prime Minister has also announced new restrictions to help limit the spread of the mutant variant, effective at 4am this morning.

These include making face masks mandatory on public transport and in shops, post offices and banks – but not pubs and restaurants.

Britons who come into contact with someone who tests positive for Omicron will have to self-isolate for 10 days even if they have been vaccinated.

And international guests now need to do a PCR test on day 2 and have to isolate until negative results.

MPs will vote on the new measures today, with only a handful of skeptics of the Tory lockdown expected to rebel against the plans.

Today, ministers tried to reassure Britons that Christmas could be saved but warned a lot will depend on how dangerous the variant is.

Scientists think this new strain of bacteria is much more transmissible, but little is known about its ability to evade vaccines.

In South Africa, where it has been identified, doctors have reported mild symptoms in the positive cases but they are mostly young people.

Care Minister Gillian Keegan said: “The boosters will help, and we are just trying to address this unknown at the moment.

“We were very hopeful that we would have a Christmas this year, we had a bad experience last year.

“It’s an unfortunate time from that perspective. Keep your Christmas plans intact, but of course we’ll have to deal with it when the scientists have more information for us.” Boris Johnson holds No 10 press conference TODAY as Britain fights to save Christmas from the Omicron variant


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