The MINISTRY is considering further restrictions including the reintroduction of the “bubble” and indoor mask regulations, according to the report.
Government officials are said to have been “afraid” to consider further restrictions as concerns about Omicron continue to haunt the country.
A normal Christmas remains at stake as ministers are forced to consider further restrictions if Covid infections continue to soar.
Yesterday, 59,610 new cases were recorded – the highest since July.
A senior Whitehall source revealed that the social “bubble” could be profitable – although the Prime Minister is said to be opposed to his policies.
Last year, a Christmas bubble was introduced allowing people to mix with up to two other households on December 25.
Government officials told i News: “Without a doubt, ministers and officials were spooked.
“Not only by the rapid increase in Omicron cases, which was expected, but also by test supply issues that we have seen as a result of the large increase in the rollout program. booster for all adults.
“For many in Whitehall and some ministers, further restrictions are the only way to stop millions of Omicrons within weeks.
“Therefore, some form of Christmas restriction is becoming more and more common every day.”
Other restrictions may include social distancing and wearing of masks in pubs and restaurants, according to the publication.
It comes after MPs are said to have been warned to be “on standby” to vote on new restrictions over the Christmas week
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Plan C could be enacted before Christmas as MPs have been told to prepare for the removal of Parliament on December 21 if the Covid situation turns around, it has been reported.
This means wearing masks indoors and serving tables at pubs and bars May be back before the holiday season.
And according to sources, Plan D has been considered – which will force bettors to dine out again – but nothing has been confirmed.
This despite the fact that boosters offers up to 75 percent protected from a mild infection from Omicron, and the economy would be hit hard.
Omicron is coming to us like an express train
Professor Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews
Mr Johnson is said to be hopeful he can postpone any new restrictions needed until New Year’s Day.
Professor Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews added: “Omicron is coming to us like an express train. We have to slow down to buy time or we’ll have a Christmas crisis.”
But the data shows that Vaccines against covid protects you from Omicron – and taking a booster before the holiday season will protect you and your loved ones.
The Sun’s army of Jabs has helped manage millions of drills this year – and now we’re calling on the British to get their boosters.
Meanwhile, Sajid Javid has been tipped to activate Plan C restrictions within a WEEK by dismal health officials, it has been reported.
The Health Secretary has been accused by doom-expectants at the UK Health and Security Service that Omicron risks overwhelming the NHS as 5,000 Britons could be hospitalized each day.
Mr Javid is said to have said that “strict national measures” need to be in place by December 18 to avoid past winter’s peak last year.
In documents viewed by Guardians, advises that tough action is “necessary in December”.
The “formal and sensitive” warning to the Health Secretary said: “The bottom line is that in a reasonable range of scenarios, rigorous action is required on or before December 18, 2021 if the time is right. doubling time at 2.5 days.
“Even if the doubling time is increased to around 5 days, strict action may still be needed in December.”
It added: “The rapid spread of Omicron means that action to limit pressure on health systems may have to come sooner than intuitively suggests.”
This comes as Michael Gove hinted at Plan C restrictions on tokens when he warned that the spread of Omicron was “deeply disturbing.”
The minister bleakly warned Britain was facing an onslaught of spiked Covid cases – as he opened the door to further restrictions under Plan C.
The Minister for Upgrades and Communities stressed: “We need to look at everything.”
“We recognize the importance of balancing people’s ability to get on with their lives, with the need to protect them against this virus,” he said. But action is absolutely necessary.
“As new data becomes available, we will review the action we need to take in the face of it.”
Gove appeared to have opened the door to new Covid restrictions while acknowledging the UK faced a “deeply worrying situation” because of Omicron.
Still – a third stab could work against Omicron and save us from more low-back pain, a mental-boosting study says.
Experts say any two doses plus the booster Pfizer can provide up to 75% protection.
Three shots also better protect against serious illness or death – but two doses soon won’t prevent even a third of cases.
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