BORIS Johnson tonight tells Brits to work from home and use passport vaccines for nightclubs and footie matches in a fresh Covid squeeze.
At a somber press conference, the Prime Minister activated the Government’s Plan B to tackle the rising wave of Omicron cases raging across the UK.
He announced he was strengthening the rules as scientists warned the NHS could be infiltrated by 1,000 daily patients infected with the virus.
Backed by leading docs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, PM relays stark evidence that the spike is doubling between every 2.5 and three days.
Released a Commons statement at the same time Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs there were 568 confirmed cases of variant – but current estimates “probably close to 10,000”.
At the press conference, the Prime Minister announced:
- Masks required in all indoor settings from FRIDAY
- Working from home except for key employees from MONDAY
- Vaccination passport for crowded locations from NEXT WEDNESDAY
- People should NOT cancel the Christmas party but go check it out
- Not many restrictions to be expected in the long term
I HAVE A NEW RULE
Mr Johnson said the “most important thing” was for the British to get their jets boosted after previously praising the Sun’s Jabs Army campaign.
However, he also revealed new rules that mean people will be required to show they are being misled or provide a negative test for mass gatherings.
It applies to nightclubs, indoor events with 500 attendees or large outdoor gatherings such as sports games.
From Monday, the guidance – but not the law – will change requiring all but key workers to work remotely as they did from March last year through July’s Freedom Day.
Mr Johnson said: “I know this is going to be difficult for a lot of people, but by reducing contact in the workplace you are helping to slow transmission.”
And from Friday, current mask requirements will be extended only from shops and public transport to cover all enclosed spaces such as cinemas and theatres.
But you won’t have to wear a face covering in impractical places like at pub bars and gyms.
“Of course there will be impractical exemptions, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing,” the prime minister said.
Despite the crackdown, the Prime Minister hinted that today’s Plan B measures could be the final changes – signaling a crackdown on unscathed behaviour.
“I don’t think we can go on indefinitely with restrictions on people’s lifestyles just because a large number of people are unvaccinated. We have to have a national conversation,” he said. about the road ahead.”
Sir Patrick also allayed worries about never-ending curbs: “We are on a path from pandemic to endemic but we are on a bumpy transition to that.”
Tory MPs who hate Lockdown are threatening to revolt as the measures are put to a vote in Parliament – one even shouted “resign” as Mr Javid stood up.
They also want any measures to be ruled out after a video emerged of No10 aides joking about throwing an alleged lockout party last Christmas.
The Institute for Economic Affairs has claimed Plan B will wipe out £4 billion of the UK economy every month.
But they will not have the numbers to order because Labor is backing the changes.
Health Secretary Shadow Wes Streeting said: “It is clear that Omicron poses a serious risk to public health and that the government needs to put in place urgent measures to address that.
“We are not playing partisan politics with this, we will put the national interest first and support the measures.”
Cabinet Ministers met earlier today to mark the move to Plan B, which just yesterday was faltered by ministers.
Just last week, the Prime Minister urged Britons to start planning Christmas parties and celebrations.
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He had hoped to pause the review of the restrictions until a three-week test on December 18.
Currently, every day, about 680 people are hospitalized because of this bug.
Minutes leaked from Sage seen by BBC shows that if additional restrictions are not implemented, there will be an increase in hospitalizations.
“Given the rate of growth seen, planners will need to consider emergency response measures to reduce contagion if the aim is to reduce the potential for unsustainable pressure,” the minutes of the meeting read. to the NHS.”
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Just days ago, the Government urged Britons to push ahead with festive partying plans and said they had no intention of pressing the panic button.
But the rapidly increasing cases of mutations – and proof-of-concept vaccines may not be effective – prompted PMs to act quickly.
Scientists warn that could be up to 1,000 Brits a day very contagious form of the virus – with the number of new cases doubling every three days.
And Professor Neil Ferguson, the gritty model scientist who pushed for the first course, today warned that a fourth squeeze cannot be ruled out.
This morning’s expert said: “Obviously, if there is consensus it’s very likely the NHS will be overwhelmed then the Government will decide what he wants to do with that, but it’s a difficult situation. of course. “
“It’s certainly possible a lockdown at this point in time,” he said.
Mr Johnson has so far maintained faith in the boost program and aims to make it available to all adults for a third time in January.
However, the early evidence is bleak that our current crop is not effective on Omicron.
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